[sarex] LAUNCH COVERAGE- Mission STS-116
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> NASA's Launch Blog - Mission STS-116
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> 6:41 p.m. - Welcome news from Shuttle Weather Officer Kathy Winters:
> With the crosswinds improving and other weather issues having cleared
> up, the revised forecast calls for only a 30 percent chance of weather
> prohibiting launch tonight. This is a dramatic improvement over
> previous forecasts, which indicated a 60-70 percent chance of the
> shuttle being grounded due to weather.
> 6:35 p.m. - The only weather issue we're still following is the
> crosswinds problem, and it is trending towards positive. The launch
> team is extremely hopeful that the winds will die down enough to allow
> launch tonight.
> 6:34 p.m. - The Closeout Crew has reported that the crew module is
> closed, latched and pressurized, and cabin leak checks have verified
> the integrity of the cabin door seal. With a little more than two
> hours remaining before liftoff, the astronaut crew is safely sealed
> inside Space Shuttle Discovery, awaiting liftoff at 8:47 p.m.
> 6:28 p.m. - In addition to the bright lights at the launch pad, a
> bright orange flame can sometimes be seen inside the pad perimeter.
> This is actually a safety feature: The flame burns away excess
> hydrogen in the area so it doesn't become a toxic hazard.
> 6:21 p.m. - With the entire STS-116 crew safely aboard Discovery, the
> Closeout Crew is finishing up in the crew module. Once the Closeout
> Crew members have completed those last procedures, they will close and
> latch the crew module and depart the launch pad.
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