[sarex] New Launch Date Set
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Thu Aug 31 12:49:06 PDT 2006
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C 31468
*New Launch Date Set *
As launch preparations resumed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch
Pad 39B on Thursday, mission managers set Sept. 6 as the new date for
the launch of Atlantis on Mission STS-115 to the International Space
Station. Liftoff time would be 12:29 p.m. EDT.(1629 UTC)(1729 GMT)
No damage to facilities or flight hardware is reported at the Kennedy
Space Center following the exit of Ernesto from Florida. The shuttle was
surrounded by the rotating service structure as the peak winds were
recorded at 44 miles per hour on Launch Pad 39B Wednesday.
Tuesday afternoon, NASA Mission Managers decided to return Atlantis to
Launch Pad 39B since Tropical Storm Ernesto was predicted to skirt
further west than first expected. Launch Director Mike Leinbach and the
team made the call at 2:40 p.m., placing Atlantis back at the pad by
about 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
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