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Stardust Launch Status
February 6, 1999

       The launch of NASA's Stardust spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, FL, has been tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, February 7, at 4:04:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

       On the first day of the launch window, Saturday, February 6, the launch was aborted 1 minute, 42 seconds before liftoff due to a problem with telemetry data from a radar beacon on the Delta launch vehicle used to track the rocket as it ascends.

       Live coverage on NASA Television will begin at 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday. A post-launch briefing is planned to be broadcast on NASA Television at 6 p.m. Eastern.

       Stardust will send a spacecraft flying through the cloud of dust that surrounds the nucleus of a comet and, for the first time ever, bring cometary material back to Earth.

       NASA Television is broadcast on the satellite GE-2, transponder 9C, C band, 85 degrees west longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, vertical polarization, audio monaural at 6.8 MHz.

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