COUNT BEGINS. Clocks at the Kennedy Space Center just began ticking down to Friday’s scheduled launch of Atlantis on the shuttle program’s final trek to space.
The official countdown sequence started at 1 p.m. EDT inside Firing Room 4 of the Complex 39 Launch Control Center. Launch team members had gathered for the “call-to-stations” at 12:30 p.m.
The count commenced from the T-minus 43 hour mark. But a series of pre-planned holds are timed throughout the next few days, leading to the targeted liftoff time of 11:26 a.m. EDT.
The weather forecast looks somewhat iffy for the launch opportunity, but there are no hardware worries being worked as the count starts.
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