CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA pulled space shuttle Atlantis
off the launch pad and sent it back to the hangar today.
There, it'll await its trip to the Hubble Space Telescope next
Atlantis was originally scheduled to blast off this month on a
mission to make various repairs and upgrade the telescope. But the
Hubble broke down three weeks ago and stopped sending data for its
space pictures. That forced NASA to regroup and delay its mission
until February at the earliest.
Now, astronauts will need time to train for a telescope repair
they hadn't planned on.
Atlantis' return to the Vehicle Assembly Building marks the 18th
time in 25 years that NASA has had to pull a launch-ready
spacecraft off the pad.
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