Just left the pre-launch party…

Astronauts and cake…
Matt and Mim Blower met astronauts, Lee Morin (STS-110) and Lee Archambault (STS-117 and STS-119) — they also at special launch cake.

Also on display, a life-size cutout of Nicole as guests entered the Debus Conference Center Facility at the Kennedy Space Center on August 24th just hours before the scheduled launch of STS-128.

Photograph: Matt Blower

Nicole also sent a message by video to all the guests. She seemed very excited to finally be reaching a life’s goal.

STS-128 is fuelling up — STORMS LEAVE NOW!!!!! We want a beautiful night launch.