Leak forces more waiting for Discovery crew

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
After a month-long delay, space shuttle Discovery will have to wait at least four more days to blast off to the international space station.

Space shuttle Discovery atop the crawler transporter nears the end of it's 3.4 mile journey to pad 39A to prepare for the next launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. Discovery is scheduled to launch on Feb. 12.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - After a month-long delay, space
shuttle Discovery will have to wait at least four more days to
blast off to the international space station.

NASA managers say a hydrogen gas leak forced them to postpone
another launch attempt until Sunday or Monday. They say they need
to lift off by next Tuesday or will have to wait until next month.
That's because a Russian Soyuz rocket is next in line to dock with
the space station.

Launch director Mike Leinbach (LYN'-bahk) says the hydrogen leak
in a feed line to the shuttle's external fuel tank "was large."
Now, engineers need to track down exactly where it was.

Discovery's seven astronauts were safely in their crew quarters
when the leak was found.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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