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No Launch for Discovery Wednesday

25 Aug 2009, 22:26 UTC
No Launch for Discovery Wednesday
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NASA called off its second attempt to launch shuttle Discovery due what appeared to be a broken valve in the shuttle’s fuel tank. The shuttle was being fueled for a launch attempt at 1:10 a.m. EDT (0510 GMT) Wednesday when the valve, which would be needed to drain the tank, apparently failed. Launch director Pete Nickolenko halted fueling while engineers assessed the problem. “It appears we have a broken fill-and-drain valve,” said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel, who was providing live commentary during fueling. “It may not be broken, it may be an indicator that was not giving a proper reading .. but you do the prudent thing and that is to not launch at this time.” Managers did not immediately set a new launch date. NASA has until Sunday to get Discovery off the launch pad before the flight would likely be reset for October due to scheduling conflicts with other activities at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In addition, the International Space Station is preparing for its first cargo ship from Japan and cannot handle the shuttle and the new HTV vehicle simultaneously. The first launch attempt Tuesday was called off due to a sudden turn in ...

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