As with any long-term project: life intervenes. Anna has to be back in California on Tuesday for class and for the opening poet of this year’s Tabula Poetica reading series, Victoria Chang. It’s a coast-to-coast day for Anna (after a five-hour, go-nowhere attempt yesterday). Her day begins with a 6:40 a.m. flight to Dallas and then onto California and home. Doug will spend most of the morning trying to decide whether or not the weather justifies sticking around Florida for another day. Right now, it looks pretty grim. NASA will meet at 11 a.m. to decide if the thunderstorm cells hovering in the Gulf of Mexico justify a further delay in Endeavour’s cross-country trek to its new home at the California Science Center.
We’ve just learned that Endeavour and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft have been rolled back into the Mate/De-Mate Device to better weather this afternoon’s expected thunderstorms. Here’s the video that we shot of Sunday’s rollback. You can run it reverse to get a sense of today’s events. It nicely portrays how we’re feeling at the moment.