CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA says a space program worker deliberately damaged a computer that's supposed to fly on shuttle Endeavour next month.
NASA announced the act of sabotage was caught before the equipment was loaded onto the spaceship.
The worker also damaged a similar computer that was not meant to fly to space.
Authorities didn't release the name of the subcontractor or where the damage took place, but said it was outside Florida.
NASA hopes to fix the computer and launch it August seventh as planned on Endeavour.
Mission Control is at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The space agency declined to speculate on a motive.
Officials say the damage would have posed no danger to either shuttle or station astronauts.
The subcontractor notified NASA about one and a-half weeks ago, as soon as it discovered the damage to the non-flying computer.