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Thursday
Nov042010

Space Shuttle Discovery's Launch Delayed Yet Again

Photo Courtesy - NASA/Bill Ingalls(KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.) -- The shuttle Discovery, which was supposed to launch on its last mission on Monday, was delayed to Wednesday, then Thursday, and now it is being held back at least until Friday.

Steady rainfall in Florida is to blame for this new delay.  The first delay was for a small leak, the second for a voltage fluctuation in a circuit breaker, which they decided they could overcome.  But, the weather is another matter.  A rocket ascending through a rainstorm is a natural lightning rod, and a rocket being fueled in the rain is not much safer.

NASA has already put out word via Twitter: "Space shuttle managers will meet at 5 a.m. EDT Friday to evaluate weather. Discovery's Friday launch attempt would be at 3:03 p.m."

Friday's weather forecast is sunny, but windy with gusts up to 30 mph.

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Space Shuttle Discovery to Embark on Last Mission

Photo Courtesy - NASA [dot] gov(KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.) -- Barring any problems, space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to take off Wednesday afternoon from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, representing the penultimate flight of NASA’s shuttle program.

Discovery was actually supposed to launch Monday but it took technicians most of the weekend to repair a leaky helium line.

Embarking on its final journey, Discovery, the oldest spacecraft in the fleet, will head to the International Space Station with parts and supplies on the 11-day mission.

The shuttle program will be officially retired following Endeavour’s last flight, scheduled for Feb. 27, 2011.

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