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New Launch Date Set



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C 31468

*New Launch Date Set *

As launch preparations resumed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Launch 
Pad 39B on Thursday, mission managers set Sept. 6 as the new date for 
the launch of Atlantis on Mission STS-115 to the International Space 
Station. Liftoff time would be 12:29 p.m. EDT.(1629 UTC)(1729 GMT)

No damage to facilities or flight hardware is reported at the Kennedy 
Space Center following the exit of Ernesto from Florida. The shuttle was 
surrounded by the rotating service structure as the peak winds were 
recorded at 44 miles per hour on Launch Pad 39B Wednesday.

Tuesday afternoon, NASA Mission Managers decided to return Atlantis to 
Launch Pad 39B since Tropical Storm Ernesto was predicted to skirt 
further west than first expected. Launch Director Mike Leinbach and the 
team made the call at 2:40 p.m., placing Atlantis back at the pad by 
about 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

* The Launch Team *
Meet the NASA team that is responsible for launching Space Shuttle 
Atlantis on mission STS-115.
+ Launch Team 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/sts-115/launch_team.html>
What does it take to carry out a space shuttle mission? Shuttle experts 
answer questions submitted to our question board.
+ Ask the Mission Team 
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/sts-115/STS115_askteam.html> 


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