[sarex] LAUNCH COVERAGE ,NASA's Launch Blog - Mission STS-116
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LAUNCH COVERAGE - Dec 7th, 2006
NASA's Launch Blog - Mission STS-116
NASA's launch blog was activated on December 7, 2006 at 3:25 p.m. EST
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5:01 p.m. - In the astronaut crew quarters, the crew is receiving a
weather briefing. It's still cloudy at the Florida spaceport, but with
four-and-a-half hours left until launch, there is still time for the
weather to become more cooperative.
4:48 p.m. - With its inspection complete, the Ice Team is leaving the
launch pad and heading back to the Launch Control Center to give Launch
Director Mike Leinbach a final report.
4:39 p.m. - The lights have been turned on at the launch pad as the Ice
Team is now progressing down to the pad surface. Meanwhile, a gray
blanket of clouds has rolled in from the west.
4:35 p.m. - The Ice Team is reporting that the launch pad's water sound
suppression system is in good condition and clear of debris.
Did You Know?
Ground teams have trained for nearly six years to make sure the mission
timeline is as efficient and safe as possible.
4:25 p.m. - The countdown clock is holding at T-3 hours. This three hour
built-in hold began at 2:40 p.m.
4:10 p.m. - NAVAIDS activation is complete.
Did You Know?
This will be the 29th nighttime shuttle launch and the first since Nov.
23, 2002, when Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off on the STS-113
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3:58 p.m. - Firing Room 4, our newest firing room, is being used today
for our launch team, and will continue to be used for the rest of the
shuttle missions through 2010.
3:55 p.m. - In the dining room of the astronaut crew quarters in the
Operations and Checkout Building, the STS-116 astronauts are having a
snack and posing for pictures before putting on their pumpkin-colored
launch and entry suits. They'll receive an updated weather briefing shortly.
Everything is going well with the countdown. All the vehicle's systems
are in good shape, and the flight crew and launch team are ready for
liftoff tonight at 9:35 p.m. Weather is still a concern, but every few
minutes, blue sky and sunlight peek through the clouds associated with
today's cold front.
3:50 p.m. - The Ice Team is proceeding to the zero level.
The STS-116 crew visited Kennedy Space Center in November to participate
in the four-day terminal countdown demonstration test, culminating in a
dress rehearsal for launch.
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