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Shuttle Atlantis Launch Status

On Monday, October 7, 2002, cryogenic tanking began at 6:20 a.m. EDT. Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) loading finished at 9:05 a.m. EDT. Liquid Oxygen (LOX) loading completing at 9:16 a.m. EDT and entered stable replenish mode. Around noon, the flight crew departed the crew quarters in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) building for the 20 minute trip to the launch pad. By 14:30 EDT, at T-minus 20 minutes and holding, the flight crew were all in their seats and the hatch was closed and locked for flight. At 15:38, the countdown clock came out of the T-minus 9 minute hold. At 15:40, the Orbiter Access Arm (OAA) was retracted. At 15:44, the oxygen vent cap was retracted and the crew was given the command to close and lock their visors. Liftoff occured at the opening of the launch window.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2002, With Hurricane Lili expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast Thursday afternoon, the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis has been postponed to no earlier than Monday, Oct. 7 so that the Mission Control Center (MCC) in Houston can be secured and protected from potential storm impacts. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 10/02/2002)

On Thursday, September 19, 2002, final preparations for Atlantis's lift-off to the International Space Station continue in work and on schedule. Payload installation is complete and payload bay doors are closed for flight. The Helium Signature Leak Test on the Main Propellant System is complete. Propellant loading is in work today. Yesterday, the crew for STS-112 was in town for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test which has been concluded successfully. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 09/18/2002)

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