August 18, 2005

Next shuttle launch to be in March, NASA says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The next launch of a space shuttle
will not be until March 2006, NASA officials said on Thursday.

"It looked like the early opportunities don't work for us,"
Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space
Operations, told a news conference.

"From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is
the time frame we are looking at."

The U.S. space agency is still trying to determine why a
large piece of foam broke off the shuttle's fuel tank during
launch last month, Gerstenmaier said.