NASA Delays Shuttle Flight to February, Cracks Culprit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Space shuttle Discovery

The Associated Press
The Space Shuttle Discovery, seen at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is scheduled to launch Monday on a mission to the International Space Station.

Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery's final
mission is off until February.

NASA managers announced the latest delay for Discovery on
Friday. They say they need more time to analyze cracks in the
shuttle's fuel tank. The damage cropped up following a failed
launch attempt in early November.

Discovery remains on the launch pad, holding a load of equipment
for the International Space Station. Officials want to conduct a
fueling test to better understand the problem.

Officials say they will tentatively aim for a liftoff on Feb. 3.
That will result in a postponement for shuttle Endeavour, which had
been scheduled to soar at the end of February.

NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet next year under the direction
of the White House.

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