Sunday, January 16, 2011

Repairs Delay Discovery Launch as Shuttle Program Winds Down

By Mike Martin 

The space shuttle Discovery is scheduled for at least one -- possibly two -- more missions to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but it's having a hard time getting off the ground. 

The latest delay was necessitated by repairs to damaged struts supporting its exterior fuel tanks. NASA wants to make sure the mission is not endangered by cracks in the shuttle's foam insulation.

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