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Faulty valve halts shuttle launch
The latest mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by the US shuttle Discovery has been postponed for a second time in two days.
Wednesday's launch was called off several hours before lift-off after a fuel valve was found to be broken.

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Discovery's launch attempt has been scrubbed due to weather conditions. Tomorrow's launch attempt is at 07:10 CEST.

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Weather delays shuttle Discovery launch
The space shuttle Discovery launch was scrubbed early Tuesday because of bad weather.
The mission to the international space station was postponed until 1:10 a.m. ET Wednesday.

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NASA Postpones Space Shuttle Launch Due to Weather
NASA postponed the launch of the space shuttle Discovery early today for 24 hours due to stormy weather, delaying the 13-day mission to the International Space Station.

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The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled to launch at 05:36 GMT 25th August, 2009, from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.
There is an 80% chance of favourable weather conditions for tomorrows Space Shuttle launch.

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'Go' for launch
Discovery's 13-day mission will haul to the International Space Station about eight tons of food, science experiments and spare parts, mostly in a giant Italian-built canister named Leonardo.

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NASA Announces Shuttle Prelaunch Events and Countdown Details
News conferences, events and operating hours for the news centre at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Discovery. The shuttle's STS-128 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off at 1:36 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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The space shuttle Discovery is set for launching next Tuesday at 1:36 a.m., NASA officials said, after long discussions about the state of the insulating foam on the external fuel tank.

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NASA began moving the shuttle Discovery onto the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre early this morning.
The 3.4 mile trip to Launch Pad 39A began at 2:07 a.m. and technicians had to stop it several times remove mud from the crawler's treads and bearings, according to the space agency's website.

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Name and logo unveiled for Christer Fuglesang's mission to the ISS
ESA has chosen 'Alissť' as the name of ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang's mission to the International Space Station. The name was proposed in response to a competition launched by ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight in June.
Fuglesang will be a Mission Specialist on the STS-128 flight to the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Discovery at the end of August. This will be Fuglesang's second flight following his 13-day Celsius mission to the ISS with STS-116 in December 2006.

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