Discovery

The crew of STS-133 will have to wait a little longer for their date with destiny – this time thanks to weather. Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Discovery’s final flight faced its first hurdle in the form of a fuel leak in its right OMS pod. This problem seemed solved, but using an over-abundance of caution mission managers had the seals around the affected flange replaced. Then unrelated leaks of hydrogen and helium pushed the launch back to Nov. 2 and then Nov. 3. With that problem resolved many thought Discovery’s problems were behind her – enter a voltage issue in the number three engine’s backup control system. This conspired to push the launch back to Nov. 4.(…) Read the rest of Discovery’s Final Mission Scrubbed 24 Hours Due to Weather (164 words)

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