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NASA shuttle launch indefinitely delayed



NASA shuttle launch indefinitely delayed
NASA's first shuttle flight in more than two years has been put off indefinitely as the space agency mounts a massive investigation into why a fuel gauge failed right before Discovery's scheduled lift off. Deputy shuttle program manager Wayne Hale says that engineers are no closer to knowing why a fuel gauge acted up right before a scheduled lift-off of Discovery.

"Right now, rather than give you a launch date, I'm going to tell you what our real status is. We are going forward on a day-by-day basis, we have got the entire resources of the agency behind us to troubleshoot this problem. As soon as we find the problem, we will immediately move out to fix the problem, and as soon as we have fixed problem we will be four days from launch."

"Everybody is going to want to ask, 'What is that date going to be?' Well, I don't know," he said.

It was the latest setback in NASA's grueling and long drawn-out quest to return to space following the Columbia tragedy two and a half years ago.

Hale said it's possible NASA could try to launch again late next week, "but that would require a very near-term lucky find" of the source of the problem.


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