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Thunderstorms force launch delay for space shuttle

 A furnace burns off extra fuel near the space shuttle Discovery early Monday Aug. 24, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Seven...
 Space shuttle Discovery stands ready at pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Discovery is scheduled to...
 The space shuttle Discovery sits on the launch pad early Monday morning Aug. 24, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Seven astr...

Space Shuttle

A furnace burns off extra fuel near the space shuttle Discovery early Monday Aug. 24, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Seven...

Space Shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery stands ready at pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Discovery is scheduled to...

Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Discovery sits on the launch pad early Monday morning Aug. 24, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Seven astr...

Thunderstorms have forced NASA to call off space shuttle Discovery's launch.
The storms popped up late Monday all around the launch site, and lightning lit up the sky. A lightning strike was reported just five miles from the pad, in fact, and then it started to pour. The storms finally eased, but not fast enough. Launch director Pete Nickolenko waited as long as he could before halting the countdown to the early Tuesday liftoff.
NASA will try again early Wednesday to send Discovery and seven astronauts to the international space station. The shuttle is loaded with supplies, including a new treadmill named for TV comedian Stephen Colbert.
Colbert said in a recorded message that he said he couldn't be prouder to have a treadmill named after him that will "slim down all those chubby astronauts."


Updated : 2021-01-21 22:31 GMT+08:00