SpaceX Delays Launch to Dec. 9 or 10, 2010

SpaceX will delay the launch attempt of the Falcon 9 rocket until at least Thursday, Dec. 9. At a press conference today, company president Gwynne Shotwell said a final review of closeout photos this morning found some indications of a potential issue on a second stage nozzle, reports Nancy Atkinson at Universe Today and Irene Klotz for ABC News.

Space pioneer Elon Musk hopes to put his name in the history books once again this week, with the planned launch and recovery of the first commercially operated spacecraft from orbit. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., already has managed to overcome regulatory hurdles never before encountered by the aerospace industry. And federal documents released on Friday underscore the bureaucratic complexities and huge technical risks confronting the pioneering effort, reports The Wall Street Journal. More from NASA.

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