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NASA Clears Shuttle For 2nd Launch Try

25 Aug 2009, 19:52 UTC
NASA Clears Shuttle For 2nd Launch Try
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The transition to research on the station couldn't come at a more opportune time.

NASA is preparing the shuttle for a second launch attempt at 1:10 a.m. EDT (0510 GMT) Wednesday after a surprising turn in the weather stymied
Tuesday’s planned liftoff.The forecast for tonight is pretty good, with a 70 percent chance conditions will be suitable for liftoff.The shuttle is loaded with science gear, equipment, experiments and supplies for the space station, which is nearing completion after more than a decade of construction. As assembly winds up, NASA and its partners in the program -- Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada -- and stepping up research projects, such as an Italian-backed study on genetically engineered mice that is part of a bone-loss study. Astronauts who have been away from Earth's gravity for extended periods of time lose bone mass, a condition similar to osteoporosis, which afflicts millions of people on Earth. The hope is that the station-based research leads to more effective treatments and preventative measures.The transition to research on the station couldn't come at a more opportune time. The U.S. government is reconsidering what it wants to do with the human space program and extending the life of the ...

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