Kennedy News

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Feb. 27, 2002
RELEASE : 15-02
Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia Postponed 24 Hours Due To Low Temperature Forecast
The launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-109 has been postponed 24 hours to Friday, March 1. NASA managers decided after reviewing the launch weather forecast that the projected temperature at the launch pad of 38 degrees was at the margin of the acceptable limit in combination with the predicted wind speed and relative humidity. The forecast for a launch attempt on Friday calls for a temperature approximately 10 degrees warmer. Waiting an additional 24 hours protects the option for two possible back-to-back launch opportunities for the launch team.

The launch window on Friday is 6:22 - 7:24 a.m. EST.

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