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Shuttle Discovery Launch Status

March 8, 2001, 6:42 a.m. EST at the begining of a 10 minute launch window.

Tanking operations began at 9:30 p.m. EST on March 7, 2001 and were completed by 2:45 a.m. EST. At 2:57 a.m., the crew departed the O&C building for Pad 39-B. At At 4:22 a.m EST the hatch was closed and locked for flight. Launch countdown proceeded smoothly. Liftoff at 6:42 a.m. EST
The launch countdown continues on schedule this morning leading toward a liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery at 6:42 a.m. on Thursday morning. The weather forecast remains unchanged with a 30% chance of not meeting the launch weather criteria due to cold temperatures. On Thursday, they will have a light snack at 1:45 a.m., then a weather briefing followed by suit up. Departure for Pad 39-B will occur at 2:55 a.m. and they will begin boarding Discovery just before 3:00 in the morning. The orbiter crew access hatch will be closed for launch at 4:40 a.m. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 3/07/2001)

On Sunday, March 4, the crew arrived at KSC and the countdown clock began at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 5. On March 6th, at Pad 39B the cryogenic reactants that Discovery will use to generate power during the mission were loaded onboard the vehicle. On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. the gantry-like rotating service structure that provides the primary access and weather protection for the Space Shuttle at the pad will be retracted. Fueling of the external tank is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. The astronauts will arrive at the launch pad at 3:20 a.m. on Thursday morning to begin boarding Discovery. Weather forecasters indicate a 30 percent chance of not meeting the launch weather criteria due to cold temperatures. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 3/06/2001)

On Thursday, January 25, 2001, In the OPF, technicians are closing out Discovery's forward, midbody and aft compartments in preparation to roll to the VAB next Thursday. Workers plan to close the payload bay doors today and begin orbiter weight and center of gravity tests next week. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 1/25/2001)
This launch was previously scheduled for no earlier than October 19, 2000, rescheduled to February 15, 2001 and then to March 1, 2001 at 4:24 p.m. EST. Due to the rollback of STS-98, the March 1st date was moved to March 8, 2001 at 7:00am.EST.

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