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Discovery will be launched on Monday. Or - in six months ...

July 14 2005

The new launch American space shuttle Discovery will be taken no earlier than early next week, said NASA Administrator Michael Grififin, according to Pravda.Ru.

Was scheduled for yesterday afternoon shuttle launch canceled due to a detected failure of one of the fuel sensor. According to Griffin, it is unclear whether the will to fix the problem on the launch complex, or the shuttle will return to the hangar.

- Do the shuttle has a special panel, which closed before the start of the porthole - told the "MK" in the representation of NASA in Russia. - During the withdrawal of the spacecraft in space "window" for astronauts to anything, because at this time is a very strong dynamic loading. This bar and fell, hitting insulation shunting engine (located at the bottom of the shuttle). Damaged insulation tiles had already replaced and made sure that no structural changes are not caused her fall.

Head of Press Service of the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) Vyacheslav Davidenko, in turn, noted that the failure of one of the sensors, "there is nothing wrong."

Roscosmos fears that the shuttle launch may be delayed. However, we believe that the failure of sensors - this is not the worst. This case is easily remedied and (sensors) can be repaired. But they should check "- said Davydenko, commenting on the transfer of launch of Discovery .

Something from the story:
The first flight of Discovery took place in August 1984. Its name the spacecraft was named after the ship was part of the Royal Navy of Great Britain - that it sailed the famous James Cook. Discovery has already made three dozen trips into space, and the last was held in the summer of 2001. Now, after the death of the Challenger and Columbia, Discovery - one of the three shuttles (along with Atlantis and Endeavour), remaining in service with the U.S. space fleet.

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