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Shuttle News

Schedule Pressure

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
August 30, 2006

NASA considers relaxing daylight rule if Atlantis misses September window, SpaceflightNow

“If the shuttle Atlantis fails to get off the ground before the Sept. 7 end of its current launch window – a scenario that could delay the flight to late October – NASA managers may reconsider an earlier decision to only launch in daylight to ensure photo documentation of the ship’s heat shield and external tank, officials said today.”

Editor’s note: In other words NASA is considering lessening requirements as a result of schedule pressure.

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