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Launch of shuttle Atlantis postponed

January 31 2008

Launch the shuttle Atlantis, scheduled for February 7, may be re-moved. This is due to the discovery of twisting the hose of the cooling system. "Last night we discovered that the hose of the cooling system, which is served by Freon twisted. In the laboratory, in California we find out whether this is a threat and need a replacement hose. Later, we will again gather at the meeting and determine whether it is possible to launch such a hose "- reported Wednesday briefing program manager shuttles Wayne Hale, transmit Vesti. RU.

According to him, a similar problem was previously detected on the shuttle Discovery, who twice flew to the ISS with twisted hoses freon.

Launch of shuttle Atlantis was originally scheduled for December 6, 2007, but due to problems with fuel sensors launch was postponed several times, including from 2 to 10 January 2008 due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, and then appointed a new launch date - February 7, 2008.

Shuttle Atlantis must bet on ISS European scientific lab Columbus. Transfer Launch Atlantis affected the timetable of other shuttles. It is already obvious that the start of the space shuttle Endeavour, originally scheduled for February 14, 2008, will be rescheduled.

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