The next space shuttle launch has been pushed back again due to lingering safety concerns stemming from the last shuttle mission in November. NASA needs more time to analyze and possibly conduct further testing on the three flow-control valves that regulate the flow of hydrogen gas from the main engines to the fuel tank, the space agency announced late Friday. Before the postponement, Discovery had been scheduled to depart on its servicing mission to the International Space Station as early as Friday, which was itself a pushback from an original launch date of February 12.
Space shuttle Discovery has begun its final scheduled mission, lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Thursday afternoon. NASA had halted its countdown at five minutes due to a computer problem related to safety on the "east... Read Post
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery because of a gas leak. The leak of gaseous hydrogen occurred as the launch team was filling the external fuel tank for liftoff Wednesday night. The seve... Read Post
The aging space shuttle fleet was granted a few more months of life today. NASA decided to postpone the last two flights due to delays with the missions’ hardware. The next launch, STS-133, was pushed from September 16 to November 1... Read Post