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Gas leak postpones space shuttle Discovery launch

 Space shuttle Discovery stands ready at pad39a in the early morning hours before a scheduled evening launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral...
 A full moon begins to set as the space shuttle Discovery sits on Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39-A before sunrise Wednesday morning March 11, 20...

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Space shuttle Discovery stands ready at pad39a in the early morning hours before a scheduled evening launch at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral...

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A full moon begins to set as the space shuttle Discovery sits on Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39-A before sunrise Wednesday morning March 11, 20...

NASA has postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery because of a gas leak.
The leak of gaseous hydrogen occurred as the launch team was filling the external fuel tank for liftoff tonight. The seven astronauts had yet to board the spaceship.
Discovery's flight to the international space station is already two weeks late because of concern about hydrogen gas valves in the engine compartment.
NASA officials say the leak occurred in plumbing outside of the shuttle and had nothing to do with those valves.
Shuttle officials are now shooting for a launch on Thursday night.


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:06 GMT+08:00