STS-99 Mission Report
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STS-99 launch countdown

Posted: February 11, 2000

NASA is counting down to the second attempt to launch space shuttle Endeavour on an 11-day Earth radar mapping mission. Images: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now.

Dawn breaks along Florida's central Atlantic coastline today as Endeavour's countdown enters its final hours.
All fueled up
Endeavour stands fully fueled atop launch pad 39A. Loading of a half-million gallons of super-cold cryogenics occurred before sunrise.
A bit of ice
The Final Inspection Team was dispatched to the launch pad after fueling to look for ice or debris on the shuttle and pad structures. The team noted some frost on the backside of the external tank as seen here.
Ice on ET
Judging sizes
The ice team members look so very tiny standing near the tail of Endeavour.
Ice team
Having a meal
Endeavour's astronauts are seated for what should be their final meal on Earth before beginning an 11-day journey in space.
Crew meal
Heading to pad
The six shuttle astronauts depart their quarters at Kennedy Space Center's Operations & Checkout Building for the ride to pad 39A.
Looking up
An engineering camera at launch pad 39A gives an interesting view looking up to the pad surface.
Pad view
A haze day
Unlike the first launch attempt of STS-99, weather will not be a factor in deciding whether to launch Endeavour. There is haze around KSC but it won't be a problem.
Mission Status Center
For the latest updates on the progress of the countdown see Spaceflight Now's regularly updated Mission Status Center.

Flight data file
Vehicle: Endeavour (OV-105)
Payload: SRTM
Launch date: Feb. 11, 2000
Launch window: 1730-1940 GMT (12:30-2:40 p.m. EST)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Landing date: Feb. 22, 2000
Landing time: 2138 GMT (4:38 p.m. EST)
Landing site: SLF, KSC
Crew: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele

Video vault
Endeavour's six international astronauts depart their quarters on Friday for launch pad 39A to board the shuttle.
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The six international astronauts that will fly aboard shuttle Endeavour returns to Kennedy Space Center for launch.
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Animation shows 200-foot long antenna mast being deployed from Endeavour. Narrated by Lead Flight Director Paul Dye.
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Animation of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission's coverage of North America during Endeavour's flight.
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The SRTM antenna mast is retracted back into Endeavour's payload bay as seen in animation. Narrated by Lead Flight Director Paul Dye.
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The STS-99 crew meet the press at launch pad 39A during a break in preflight training.
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