[sarex] LAUNCH COVERAGE ,NASA's - Mission STS-116
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NASA's Launch Blog - Mission STS-116
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8:38 p.m. - T-9 minutes and counting. Nine minutes until the first
nighttime launch of a space shuttle in four years.
8:34 p.m. - Launch Director Mike Leinbach polled his team and launch is
"go" all the way. He told Commander Polansky that 48 hours makes all the
difference and he wishes them good luck and Godspeed.
"We're looking forward to lighting up the night sky and rewiring the
ISS," replied Polansky.
Standing by to release the hold.
8:33 p.m. - NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding
has polled the Launch Team
and the team is "go." 8:32 p.m. - The Mission Management Team has been
polled and all members have given a "go" for launch.
8:29 p.m. - Houston has contacted Discovery to advise the crew that all
three transatlantic abort landing sites are go, but they will go with
Moron, Spain as the preferred site.
8:18 p.m. - The countdown clock is holding at T-9 minutes, and there are
about 20 minutes left in this last built-in hold. The final prelaunch
polls by Mission Management Team Chairman LeRoy Cain, NASA Test Director
Jeff Spaulding and Launch Director Mike Leinbach should be taking place
8:03 p.m. - Launch Director Mike Leinbach has announced that we will aim
for our preferred launch time in the middle of tonight's window. Again,
8:47:35 p.m. is the preferred launch time.
8:00 p.m. - We are inside the T-9 minute built-in hold. Everything
continues to go well with the countdown tonight.
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