NASA delays shuttle flight to February

December 3, 2010 9:57:02 AM PST
Space shuttle Discovery's final mission is off until February. NASA managers announced the latest delay for Discovery on Friday. They say they need more time to analyze cracks in the shuttle's fuel tank. The damage cropped up following a failed launch attempt in early November.

Discovery remains on the launch pad, holding a load of equipment for the International Space Station. Officials want to conduct a fueling test to better understand the problem.

Officials say they will tentatively aim for a liftoff on Feb. 3. That will result in a postponement for shuttle Endeavour, which had been scheduled to soar at the end of February.

NASA is retiring its shuttle fleet next year under the direction of the White House.


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