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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS012 (1996)

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ARLS012 Shuttle rescheduled

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Space Bulletin 012  ARLS012
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  September 6, 1996
To all radio amateurs

SB SPACE ARL ARLS012
ARLS012 Shuttle rescheduled

The space shuttle Atlantis has been returned to the launch pad in
the wake of the threat of Hurricane Fran to central Florida.
Atlantis had been moved off the pad and into the nearby vehicle
assembly building as a precaution, due to the approach of the storm.
NASA managers have set a new launch date of September 16 for mission
STS-79, which will carry the Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment, or
SAREX. The launch window opens at about 0854 UTC.

Three hams will be aboard Atlantis for STS-79: Jay Apt, N5QWL, Carl
Walz, KC5TIE, and John Blaha, KC5TZQ. Prearranged ham radio contacts
are scheduled with schools in Kansas, Ohio, and England, and with
family and friends of the crew. The astronauts will also make random
contacts with the amateur community as their busy schedules permit.

During the flight, the shuttle will rendezvous and dock with the
Russian space station Mir, ferrying supplies, personnel, and
scientific equipment to the complex 240 miles above Earth. Blaha
will switch places with astronaut Shannon Lucid, who has been aboard
Mir since March.

Additional SAREX information can be found on the ARRLWeb SAREX page,
http://www.arrl.org/sarex/
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