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Discovery's Final Shuttle Mission Delayed Again

By: AP
By: AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Discovery has a fuel
leak that threatens to delay Friday's planned launch.

Hydrogen fuel began leaking Friday morning, midway through the
fueling process. NASA says it's the same type of problem that
prevented a space shuttle from flying last year. It's considered a
serious problem.

Launch controllers are considering their options as the
countdown continues toward a 3:04 p.m. liftoff. The six astronauts
have yet to board. The weather, meanwhile, is holding at 70 percent
"go."

Discovery's final mission is already running four days late
because of technical and weather problems. NASA has until Sunday to
send the shuttle to the International Space Station. Otherwise, the
flight will be off until December because of unacceptable solar
angles.


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