Shuttle Discovery Launch Date Pushed Back Again

Discovery in the VAB. Credit: Alan Walters (awaltersphoto.com)

NASA managers met on Thursday and ruled out any possibility of space shuttle Discovery’s external tank being ready in time for the launch window that opens on February 3. Now, NASA is shooting for the window that opens on Feb. 27, but is working to see if International Space Station on-orbit operations would allow a launch as early as Feb. 24. More will be known next week and managers hope to set a launch date by January 14.

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