[sarex] Atlantis In Final Hold of Countdown

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Sat Sep 9 08:09:35 PDT 2006


*Atlantis In Final Hold of Countdown*

/ Sept. 9, 10:55 a.m. EDT /
The countdown to launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is currently in the 
final 40-minute "hold," freezing the clock at nine minutes to go. The 
hold gives the crew and controllers time to make any last minutes checks 
of the weather and vehicle functions before starting the final countdown 
to fire the space shuttle's engines. The clock will begin ticking again 
at 11:06 a.m. and signal the handover of the countdown from launch 
control to Atlantis' systems and a special computer called the Ground 
Launch Sequencer.

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