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Uncooperative Weather Forces Launch Postponement to Saturday

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Dec 8, 2006 10:37 pm
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The launch of Space Shuttle Discovery was scrubbed Thursday after poor weather conditions spoiled the attempt at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Earlier in the day a cold front moved in over the spaceport, bringing clouds and winds into the area. The cloud ceiling proved to be too low for a safe launch, prompting NASA to postpone Discovery’s flight.

NASA officials have set the next launch attempt for 8:47 p.m. EST on Dec. 9. Shuttle weather forecasters expect the cold front to still be over Florida for Saturday’s launch, limiting chances for liftoff to 30 percent.

The STS-116 mission is the 33rd for Discovery and the 117th space shuttle flight. During the 12-day mission, the crew will continue construction on the International Space Station, rewiring the orbiting laboratory and adding a segment to its integrated truss structure.

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