Shuttle Launch Delayed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It will be Monday at the earliest before NASA can try again to launch the space shuttle "Discovery."

It was supposed to lift off Wednesday afternoon for the first shuttle
fight in two and a-half years. But a problem with a fuel gauge -- it says empty when it should say the tank is full -- forced the launch to be scrubbed.

NASA's administrator says it's not clear if the shuttle can be fixed at the launch pad, or if it will have to be rolled back to the hangar. Either way, he says, it'll stay on the ground until at least Monday.

The seven astronauts were already boarding the spacecraft when
the decision came to scrub today's launch, with less than two and
a-half hours to go. Until then, the only potential snag was the weather --with rain and thunder over the launch site.


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