Static view of STS-76 orbiter Atlantis prior to launch
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Shuttle Atlantis Launch Status
- Launch March 22, 1996 at 3:13:04 a.m. EST Launch Window 7 min.
- The countdown began at the T-43 hour mark at 2 a.m. Monday, March
18th, 1996. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 3/14/1996). The countdown
was conducted from Firing Room 1 of the Launch Control Center
(LCC) and included 30 hours and 33 minutes of build-in holds.
(ReferenceKSC Press Release 32-96). The launch countdown proceeded
smoothly and launch occured exactly on time at the start of the
- On 3/20/96, the Rotating Service Structure (RSS) at Launch Pad-39B was
rolled back and external tank fueling operations were set to begin for a
launch at 3:34am EST 3/21/96. However, there were high winds and rough seas
in the launch area and weather forecasts showed only a 20% chance of favorable
weather. (Reference KSC Weather History 03/20/1996 1800). The shuttle
mission management team decided at 6:45pm to delay the launch 24 hours
with a new T-0 at 3:12 a.m. EST on 3/22/96.
STS-76 Movies and Images
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