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Emily LakdawallaJanuary 17, 2006

Still T minus 4 and holding...

The good news: about the fill-and-drain valve on the Atlas LOX tank that had failed earlier in the topping activities -- it seems that that valve is now operating properly, and they are "becoming comfortable with the fact that it is not a problem and should not be an issue for the launch today."

The bad news: the weather is currently "Red" for the upper-level winds. They're looking at adjusting the flight profile to account for that. The ground-level wind gusts are also being assessed.

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