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Nasa shuttle launch delayed again for technical reasons

Nasa has again delayed the launch of the space shuttle Discovery on its final mission to the International Space Station.
Officials said they needed more time to analyse cracks in the shuttle's fuel tank.
The damage came to light following a failed launch attempt in early November.
Another attempt was due to go ahead later this month, but is now tentatively planned for 3 February.

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NASA managers will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. CST (17:00 GMT) today at the agency's Johnson Space Centre in Houston to discuss the next space shuttle mission, STS-133, and the progress of repairs since Discovery's original launch delay Nov. 5.
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Final flight for Discovery shuttle delayed until December

The final flight of space shuttle Discovery will be delayed again to at least mid-December, mission managers said Wednesday.
NASA's primary concern centers on several cracks on two aluminium brackets, called "stringers," that strengthen the shell of the shuttle's external fuel tank. They were found during the last launch attempt Nov. 5.

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Shuttle launch delayed to at least Dec. 17

NASA managers reviewing the progress of repairs to the shuttle Discovery's external tank and the rationale for making another launch attempt decided Wednesday to pass up an early December launch window, delaying the flight to at least Dec. 17 and possibly all the way to February.
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Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, and Space Shuttle Program Manager John Shannon discuss the status of the next space shuttle mission in a news conference from NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston. NASA managers discussed the progress of repairs since Discovery's launch on its STS-133 mission to the International Space Station was delayed Nov. 5.
The news conference followed Wednesday's Space Shuttle Program Requirements Control Board at which program officials reviewed repairs and ongoing engineering evaluations associated with cracks on two 21-foot-long, U-shaped aluminium brackets, called stringers, on the shuttle's external tank.

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NASA Schedules News Conference About Next Space Shuttle Launch

NASA managers will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. CST today from the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston to provide the status of the next space shuttle mission, STS-133, and the progress of repairs since Discovery's launch was delayed Nov. 5.
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NASA Reschedules Shuttle Launch Status Meeting, Discovery's Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 3

NASA managers have postponed a launch status meeting and news conference planned for Monday, Nov. 22. The events were rescheduled after a Space Shuttle Program meeting Thursday determined more analysis is needed before proceeding toward the launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission.
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The planned launch of the space shuttle Discovery for its final mission has been postponed to 07:52 GMT, 3rd December, 2010.

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NASA Postpones Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery

NASA postponed space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station due to a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank. The next launch attempt could be no earlier than Monday, Nov. 8 at 12:53 p.m. EST.
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NEW DATE SET FOR STS-133
The 35th shuttle mission to the International Space Station has been scrubbed until the end of the month according to Mission Managers. Originally, scheduled to lift off on Nov.1, the STS-133 mission was postponed several times due to a series of problems including a circuit breaker problem in the shuttle's ****pit, improbable weather, and a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank in preparation for a third attempt to launch Discovery on Friday, November 5.

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