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Shuttle Countdown Gets Under Way in Secrecy

October 02, 1985|Associated Press

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A secret countdown began Tuesday for the debut of the space shuttle Atlantis on a classified mission to deploy two military communications satellites that are hardened against nuclear attack.

The Pentagon and National Aeronautics and Space Administration said launching will be Thursday between 7:20 and 10:20 a. m. PDT. Officials will disclose the precise time nine minutes in advance.

The government contends that secrecy makes it more difficult for the Soviets to monitor the flight.

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