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2006-07-04 18:30:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA gave the shuttle Discovery a majestic Fourth of July send-off and said early signs showed the spacecraft to be in good shape, despite once again being struck by the flying foam that has plagued the program. The first-ever Independence Day manned launch came after two weather delays and over objections from those within NASA who argued for more fuel-tank repairs. Shuttle managers said early video images of liftoff showing small pieces of foam breaking away - and...

2006-07-04 11:25:00

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down on Tuesday to a third attempt to launch space shuttle Discovery on a mission vital to the program's future after easing worries over a crack in foam insulation on the ship's fuel tank. Bad weather canceled planned launches on Saturday and Sunday, but NASA forecasters said there was an 80 percent chance of favorable weather on this U.S. Independence Day, the best prediction so far in this launch window. The flight, set...

2006-07-04 08:30:00

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down on Tuesday to a third attempt to launch space shuttle Discovery on a mission vital to the program's future after easing worries over a crack in foam insulation on the ship's fuel tank. Bad weather canceled planned launches on Saturday and Sunday, but NASA forecasters said there was an 80 percent chance of favorable weather on this U.S. Independence Day, the best prediction so far in this launch window. The flight, set...

2006-07-04 05:15:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA prepared for a third attempt to launch space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday on a mission vital to the program's future after easing concerns over a small crack in the ship's fuel tank. Bad weather canceled planned launches on Saturday and Sunday, but NASA forecasters said there was an 80 percent chance of favorable weather on this U.S. Independence Day, the best prediction so far in this launch window. Space agency workers began loading super-cold...

2006-07-04 04:05:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA prepared for a third attempt to launch space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday on a mission vital to the program's future after easing concerns over a small crack in the ship's fuel tank. Bad weather canceled planned launches on Saturday and Sunday, but NASA forecasters said there was an 80 percent chance of favorable weather on this U.S. Independence Day, the best prediction so far in this launch window. Space agency workers began loading...

2006-07-03 20:10:13

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA decided on Monday to go ahead with the launch of space shuttle Discovery on a mission critical to the spacecraft's future despite finding a small crack in the foam insulation on the ship's fuel tank, a NASA official said. Discovery is due to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday afternoon, after two weather-related delays during the weekend. The crack, about 5 inches by about 1/2 inch (12.7 cm by 1 cm), was found...

2006-07-03 20:06:33

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA decided on Monday to go ahead with the launch of space shuttle Discovery on a mission critical to the spacecraft's future despite finding a small crack in the foam insulation on the ship's fuel tank, a NASA official said. Discovery is due to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday afternoon, after two weather-related delays during the weekend. The crack, about 5 inches by about 1/2 inch (12.7 cm by 1 cm), was found...

2006-07-04 00:25:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- NASA has decided to go ahead with Tuesday's launch of space shuttle Discovery on a mission critical to the spacecraft's future despite finding a small crack in the foam insulation on the ship's fuel tank, a NASA official said. Discovery is due to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 2:38 p.m. EDT launch on Tuesday afternoon, after two weather-related delays during the weekend. "We're going to continue with the launch countdown," Bill...

2006-07-03 14:59:56

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA may delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery on a mission critical to the spacecraft's future because of a small crack in the foam insulation on the ship's fuel tank, officials said on Monday. The tank's insulation has bedeviled NASA since fallen foam caused the shuttle Columbia to break up, killing seven astronauts in 2003. Discovery's flight, which remained targeted for a 2:38 p.m. EDT launch Tuesday, is intended to prove...

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2006-07-03 16:50:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA wrestled Monday with whether to try a Fourth of July space shuttle liftoff after the startling discovery of a small chunk of foam insulation that broke off Discovery's fuel tank as it sat on the launch pad. The troubling find came after inspectors discovered a 5-inch-long crack in the foam - a problem that continues to vex NASA ever since a big piece of foam brought down Columbia and killed seven astronauts in 2003. NASA managers were meeting Monday evening to...


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