Watch York's Steve MacLean launch Sunday

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Watch York´s Steve MacLean launch Sunday

TORONTO, August 24, 2006 -- The Space Shuttle Atlantis, crewed by York alumnus Steve MacLean, is scheduled for liftoff on Sunday.

Full details and updates on the mission and its schedule, as well as NASA TV Webcasts, can be seen at NASA´s main shuttle page.

The scheduled liftoff from Cape Canaveral will be aired live at York?s Keele campus on 60-inch television screens in the lobby of the Computer Science & Engineering Building, and a direct feed from NASA will be shown daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the duration of the shuttle mission.

The shuttle is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and return 11 days later. If all goes as planned, MacLean and five fellow astronauts will install a second set of solar arrays on the International Space Station.

MacLean has documented his pre-launch preparations in a diary published in the Aug. 10 and Aug. 16 issues of YFile. This will be 51-year-old MacLean?s second flight into space ? his first was in 1992 ? and the first space walk for the physicist, who earned a BSc and PhD in physics at York as well as an honorary degree.

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