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STS-114 - 3 DAYS TO LAUNCH



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR  N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

During a countdown status briefing this morning at Kennedy Space Center, 
NASA Test Director Jeff Spaulding and STS-114 Payload Manager Scott 
Higginbotham announced they are go for launch. Launch Weather Officer 
Kathy Winters expects a 30% chance that weather may prevent launch on 
Wednesday. In the event of a delay, the forecast is slightly less 
promising, with the chance of weather violating launch constraints 
rising to 40% on Thursday and Friday.

The crew of STS-114 arrived at Kennedy aboard a NASA Gulfstream II jet 
at 6:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. The astronauts flew in from Houston a day 
early to avoid treacherous travel conditions caused by Hurricane Dennis.

NOTE: Launch countdown officially begins at 6 p.m.

Liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery on NASA's Return to Flight Mission is 
scheduled for 3:51 p.m. EDT July 13.
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