NASA Delays Atlantis Launch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - NASA has delayed Sunday's launch
of the space shuttle Atlantis by 24 hours.

NASA managers say they want more time to see if there was any
damage from a lightning strike Friday.

Lightning struck a wire attached to a tower that's used to protect the shuttle at the launch pad.

There's also a forecast of stormy weather Friday afternoon.

The forecast improves dramatically for Monday and Tuesday, with
only a 20 percent chance that weather would prevent a launch on
either of those days. NASA plans included four potential launch
times over five days.

Atlantis is the first of 15 shuttle missions scheduled to finish building the space station before the shuttles are retired in 2010.


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