[UPDATE] Weather Outlook Worsens for Space Shuttle Launch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
NASA will try to launch space shuttle Discovery on Thursday.

The Associated Press
NASA workers walk along a platform on the fixed service structure next to space shuttle Discovery on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Tuesday. Discovery’s launch was delayed another day due to electrical problems.

** UPDATE 11-3-2010 6:50 PM **
Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - NASA will try to launch space
shuttle Discovery on Thursday.
Mission managers met Wednesday afternoon and into the evening to
discuss an electrical problem that forced a one-day delay for
Discovery's final voyage. They concluded the shuttle is safe to
fly.
But forecasters say there is an 80 percent chance that
thunderstorms will keep Discovery on the pad. Liftoff is scheduled
for 3:29 p.m.
Managers will reconvene before daybreak to assess the weather
situation, before loading the shuttle's fuel tank.
Discovery's flight to the International Space Station was
stalled last week by gas leaks. Then a problem cropped up Tuesday
with a computerized controller for one of the main engines. At this
point, the mission is running three days late.
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Online:
NASA: http://www.nasa.gov

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Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - NASA managers are meeting to decide
whether space shuttle Discovery is safe to lift off on its final
mission Thursday. The weather, though, is getting worse.
Forecasters on Wednesday said there is now an 80 percent chance
that rain or thunderstorms will interfere.
Wednesday's launch attempt was called off 24 hours in advance
because of main engine controller trouble. The computerized
controller was slow in starting up, then had strange voltage
readings.
Mission managers at the Florida launch site will decide whether
the problem poses any threat to liftoff. If repairs are needed, the
delay could be significant.
Discovery will head to the International Space Station for its
last trip into orbit.
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Online:
NASA: http://www.nasa.gov

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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