Monday, 25 October 2010

NASA Readies Shuttle Discovery for Final Mission

by Staff WritersKSC FL (SPX) Oct 25, 2010

The countdown is on: NASA has only two shuttle launches left. The U.S. space agency is retiring its shuttle fleet next year and encouraging the development of commercial human spaceflight vehicles. Space shuttle Discovery is set to launch November 1
Last week, engineers found that Discovery had developed a fuel leak.
John Shannon, the space shuttle program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston, Texas, says engineers have the situation under control.
"We had a very small leak in the plumbing at a flange fitting, and the team has been working that very hard over the last week," Shannon told reporters Thursday.
"We did some troubleshooting on it, and it looked like the leak stopped."

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