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Fuglesang Hopeful for Tomorrow

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

Updated 19:17

Sweden's first astronaut into space, Christer Fuglesang, will have to wait  before embarking on his second mission. 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.

The US space agency called off the launch minutes before the shuttle was due to blast off toward the orbiting International Space Station The weather unexpectedly worsened hours before the liftoff. It cleared minutes before takeoff – but too late to give the launch a green light.

Fuglesang and his fellow six crew members were all on board preparing for their 13 day mission in which they'll deliver supplies and equipment to the space station. Forecasters saw a 70 percent chance of favorable weather on Wednesday, dropping to 60 percent on Thursday.

" Back at my room after 4 hours on my back in the shuttle. A bit sore. Hungry. Bad luck, but not too disappointed. This is the way this is. Gunning for tomorrow!," Fuglesang wrote on the microblog service Twitter after the launch attempt was called off.

The NASA team will meet around nine o'clock on tuesday evening to decide whether to prepare the shuttle for take off or to hang back further. If everything goes according to plan, the launch will take place at  07:10 CET on Wednesday morning.

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