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Shuttle Endeavour Launch Status

November 30, 2000 10:06 p.m. EST Launch Window was less than 5 min.
External tank loading was orignally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EST but was delayed until 2:51 p.m while the Mission Management Team discussed a loose bracket hanging down from the side of the white room. The White Room access arm was retracted and the bracket was removed at 2:35 p.m. At 5:35 p.m. EST, external tank loading was complete. At 6:16pm the flight crew left the O&C building and departed for launch Pad 39-B. They entered the orbiter and
hatch was closed and locked for flight. With about 9 minutes remaining in the planned 45 minute hold (9:46 p.m. EST) the range identified they were a no-go for launch while they investigated a problem with a momentary signal dropout. The problem was quickly resolved and the countdown picked up on schedule at the T-minus 9 minute mark at 9:57 p.m EST. Launch occured at the opening of the window.

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