Thursday, July 14, 2005

Shuttle delayed

The space shuttle was delayed Wednesday, first due to fears of damage caused to a number of tiles that make up the heat shield. Then storms threatened the take-off as the 19:51 GMT launch time approached. But in the final hour it was a “problem with a low-level fuel cutoff sensor located inside the External Tank” which finally halted the mission, according to NASA. The fuel tanks were last night being drained as NASA officials decide the date for the next launch attempt. NASA said, “The most optimistic possibility for the next launch attempt is no earlier than 14:40 EDT [18:40 GMT/UTC/Zulu 19:40 BST London Time] on Saturday, July 16.
[17:56 GMT 14/07/2005]

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