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"We had a good test, a firing room full of console operators, getting familiar with their activities and launch-day events," said NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham. "With the crew at the pad, it was a very successful test."
"The countdown is very important," austronaut Bruce Sullivan added. "Billions of dollars spent on every conceivable facet of the operation. But all it takes is one missed number on the countdown, and . . . well, no liftoff."