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Mon Apr 21 16:51:50 SAST 2014

Second last space shuttle launch delayed

Sapa-AP | 04 November, 2010 12:410 Comments
Space Shuttle Discovery is pictured on launch pad 39A during RSS (Rotating Service Structure) rollback at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, November 3, 2010. NASA managers cleared space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday for a launch attempt Thursday on a cargo run to the International Space Station. Reuters
Image by: STELIOS VARIAS

Space shuttle Discovery's final launch is off again, this time because of stormy weather.

Just before daybreak Thursday, NASA delayed the liftoff until Friday. Rain is pounding Cape Canaveral, Florida, and meteorologists say there's little chance the weather will break in time for an afternoon liftoff. The official forecast is 80 percent "no go."

Mission managers will meet again early Friday to evaluate the weather. If there's a decent shot at acceptable conditions, they will give the go-ahead to fuel Discovery for liftoff.

Discovery already has been delayed by gas leaks and an electrical problem. The mission to the International Space Station is now running four days late. It will be the final flight for NASA's oldest surviving shuttle.

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