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Go to the ISS was launched American shuttle

June 1 2008
14:59

In the flight to the International Space Station went to the shuttle "Discovery". A few hours ago in the shuttle's engine specialists have found the problem.

On board the "Discovery" is a crew of 7 people. One of them - the astronaut Gregory Chemitoffu - to be done in Earth orbit for six months. Shuttle to the ISS will deliver a valuable cargo - part of Japanese scientific and experimental module Kibo.

Despite the fact that in the shuttle's engine specialists have found the problem, they do not affect the mission. The incident became known soon after the launch of the shuttle from Cape Canaveral. According to preliminary data, during the launch failure occurred in the emergency control system of the left engine. However, the main system is in perfect condition, so there is no danger to astronauts there. In addition, during the launch from the external fuel tank came off more than 20 pieces of foam insulation.

Such cases are always alarming experts: just because a piece of foam damaged a lining, there was an accident of shuttle Columbia in 2003, conveys the "First Channel".

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