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Weather Delays Fuglesang Launch

Published tisdag 25 augusti 2009 kl 08.28
Heavy rain forces the delay of the discovery launch

Sweden's first astronuat into space, Christer Fuglesang, will have to wait another 24 hours before embarking on his second mission after the launch attempt for space shuttle Discovery was called off on Tuesday morning because of poor weather in the Florida area. The launch team will try again on Wednesday morning.

"We have a scrub for the day," said launch director Pete Nickolenko. "Unfortunately, the local weather has not cooperated."

Cloud formations, rain and storms were within a 36 kilometre radius of the launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The weather worsened hours before the liftoff, forcing meteorologists to lower their earlier predictions that there was an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions. It cleared minutes before takeoff, but still too late to give the green light for the launch.

Fuglesang and his fellow six crew members on board discovery will deliver supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

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