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NASA managers decided Thursday to wait until 2008 before redesigning the space shuttle's external fuel tank, the source of the foam problem that caused the Columbia disaster.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasted off from its seaside Florida launch pad on Tuesday on a do-or-die mission for NASA's beleaguered shuttle program and the half-built International Space Station.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery completed a cross-country ride atop a jumbo jet and returned to Florida on Sunday, nearly two weeks after finishing NASA's first mission since the 2003 Columbia accident.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - NASA halted future shuttle flights on Wednesday after learning that a large chunk of insulating foam broke off Discovery's external fuel tank during launch.
A fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty forced NASA to call off Wednesday's launch of the first shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years, a bitter disappointment to the space agency in its bid to recover from the Columbia tragedy. The launch was delayed until at least Saturday, and the postponement could last much longer.
Each man had an intimate tie to the Columbia disaster. Two were in Mission Control trying to save the shuttle and its crew, and two were 900 miles away at the Florida landing strip waiting for a spacecraft that would never come.
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