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July 7, 2011
Astronaut Mark L. Polansky, STS-104 spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for weather issues, monitors pre-flight data at his console in the shuttle flight control room (WFCR) in Houston's Mission Control Center (MCC). Several hundred miles away in Florida, five astronauts were awaiting countdown in the crew cabin of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

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