Lockheed Martin Space Operations was scheduled to launch a Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104 rocket as part of the
STS-76 mission. The launch window for the Human Exploration mission was
on Fri, Mar 22nd, 1996, 3:13 AM EST from Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success.
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