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Atlantis Crew Completes Test for Military Mission

February 04, 1990| Associated Press

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Atlantis' five astronauts completed a countdown rehearsal inside the shuttle Saturday for their classified military mission later this month.

As planned, the test ended five seconds before the clock reached zero to simulate an aborted liftoff in which the three main engines shut down after ignition. "Everything went according to plan," said NASA spokeswoman Lisa Malone.

Sources close to the project said the crew will put a spy satellite into orbit.

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