Atlantis Launch a Go, Though Window is Small

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER -- With fuel gauges still a possible problem, NASA is aiming for a Sunday launch of space shuttle Atlantis.

Senior managers have signed off on a plan to tighten flight rules and shoot for a slim one-minute window.

Managers believe the extra precautions will keep Atlantis and its seven-man crew as safe as possible.

Under the new rules, NASA will proceed with the countdown only if all 4 of the gauges in Atlantis' big hydrogen tank are working properly. 2 of them failed when the shuttle's tank was filled for liftoff on Thursday and a third one subsequently acted up.

Liftoff is set for Sunday at 3:21 p.m. Eastern time.

Atlantis is carrying a European lab intended for the international space station.


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