Nasa proceeds with shuttle launch

BBC NEWS | Americas | Nasa proceeds with shuttle launch:

Nasa will keep to its Tuesday launch schedule for the shuttle Discovery despite finding a defect in insulation foam lining the orbiter’s fuel tank.

A small triangle of material was seen to flake away from the giant orange container during a routine vehicle check on Monday.

Engineers say they will continue to analyse the issue but do not currently consider it to be a serious problem.

Discovery’s third attempt at a lift-off is timed for 1438 EDT (1838 GMT).

Two countdowns at the weekend had to be scrubbed because of stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Posted on July 3, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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