Atlantis space shuttle launch may be delayed by Weather Conditions on Friday morning. The shuttle launch of Atlantis is the final mission in NASA’s 30 year shuttle program.

According to Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida there’s a 70 per cent chance of rain or thunderstorms at Cape Canaveral, which could delay the shuttle launch.

The countdown had begun for Scheduled launch time of 11:26 a.m. ET with the fuel tanks full and no technical issues to report till early Friday.

NASA will not launch a shuttle through rain or with any lightning activity in the area. The weather has been hot and humid, and Thursday a lightning strike within 150 metres of the launching pad. But the strike caused no electrical problems and was not a concern with hours to go before launch.

Hundreds of thousands were expected to converge on Cape Canaveral to watch the historic launch. Parking lots and roadways around the Kennedy Space Center began to fill up as early as 5 a.m. Friday. And traffic experts in the Tampa Bay area warned against travel to Orlando, saying there could be up to a 50 mile backup.

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