** UPDATE 11-02-2010 7:25 PM **
Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - The final launch of space shuttle
Discovery has been delayed again.
NASA decided early Tuesday evening to bump the liftoff until at
least Thursday. The decision came less than 24 hours before the
scheduled launch time.
An electrical problem cropped up aboard Discovery early Tuesday.
A controller for one of the shuttle's main engines was sluggish,
but engineers got it working. Voltage irregularities then were
noted. Mission managers said they needed more time to figure out
NASA has until Sunday -- possibly Monday -- to launch Discovery to
the International Space Station. Otherwise, it will have to wait
until December because of unacceptable sun angles.
Gas leaks had already forced a two-day postponement.
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Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - An electrical problem has cropped up
again aboard space shuttle Discovery and could jeopardize
The trouble appears to be with a backup controller for one of
the shuttle's three main engines. NASA ordered last-minute reviews
and hurriedly scheduled a mid-afternoon meeting of top managers.
A NASA spokeswoman says it's too soon to know whether Wednesday
afternoon's planned launch will remain on track. Discovery's final
launch originally was scheduled for Monday, but was delayed by
shuttle gas leaks.
The controller was sluggish early Tuesday morning. But after
turning a circuit breaker and switch on and off several times,
everything seemed to be fine. Later, voltage irregularities were