Pete Crow

Grove Sun

Just before midnight last Thursday night, I coasted up to the Security Gate at Kennedy

Space Center (KSC), Florida, and showed a guard, who had darted out of his shack through rain, my security pass. He quickly waved me on.

The launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was officially 11+ hours away, but weather at Cape Canaveral, on the east central coast of Florida had deteriorated all week. I had no doubt that the launch would be scrubbed, but I had come to the Cape in the middle of the night to make sure.

Launching a shuttle actually begins four days before the actual launch.

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