Christer Fuglesang in the shuttle simulator

Fuglesang’s Lift-Off Delayed

Thick low clouds over the launch site forced NASA late Thursday to scrub a night launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery just minutes before the planned blastoff.

The seven astronauts, two women and five men, including  Sweden’s first astronaut Christer Fuglesang, were strapped into their seats ready for  lift-off, but low-lying clouds forced a last-minute postponement of the 9:35 PM(Eastern Standard Time) blastoff.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials said it would make a new attempt to launch the shuttle on its mission to the International Space Station (ISS) at 8:47 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Saturday.

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