Work in progress: The launch countdown for STS-103 began on schedule today at 1:30 a.m. Yesterday, workers completed aft compartment close-outs and Discovery's aft confidence test concluded last night. Current weather forecasts call for scattered to broken clouds at 3,000 feet and scattered clouds at 25,000 feet; visibility of 7 miles; winds from the north at 12 peaking to 20 knots; temperature at 52 degrees F; relative humidity at 69 percent; and no chance of showers. Weather officials indicate an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch attempts on Thursday or Friday. By Saturday, the forecast declines to a 70 percent chance of favorable weather.
Cryogenics loaded in Discovery's onboard storage tanks . . . . (Dec. 15)
Rotating Service Structure moved to park position . . . . . . . . .(Dec. 16 at 3:45 a.m.)
Work in progress: Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at Launch Pad 39A yesterday at about 12:30 p.m. Launch pad validations are under way and an auxiliary power unit hot fire test is scheduled today.
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