More Storms Force Second Shuttle Launch Delay

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - For the second day in a row, NASA
has put off the launch of the shuttle Discovery due to stormy

Launch officials say there was "no hope" that showers and thunderstorms would end in time for Sunday's 2:26 p.m., Central time,

The next attempt will be on Tuesday, July 4, at 1:38 p.m. Central time.

The 48-hour delay gives the work force a day of rest and a chance to replenish the shuttle's on-board fuel.

The weather is expected to improve by Tuesday, although rain was
still in the forecast.

The first scrub decision was made Saturday, moments before Discovery was to lift off on the first shuttle mission in a year -- and only the second since the Columbia disaster in 2003.

The crew of shuttle Discovery includes Texas A&M graduate Michael Fossum '80.

Fossum is scheduled to make at least two space walks to test equipment designed since the Columbia disaster to repair damage to the shuttle's fuel tank.