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Final shuttle launch delayed by weather ?

By T.K. Randall
July 8, 2011 · Comment icon 5 comments

Image Credit: NASA
The last ever space shuttle launch is likely to be delayed due to rain and thunderstorms in Florida.
The launch will mark the end of an era for NASA's space shuttle program, Atlantis will be the last shuttle flight. The launch may go ahead over the weekend if the weather permits however July 16th is looking like a stronger possibility.
The shuttle is due to blast off from the Kennedy Space Centre at around 16. 26 BST today. But with cloud, rain and thunderstorms forecast for Florida, the chances of it being postponed are put at 70%. If the start of the shuttle's final journey into orbit is postponed NASA will try again on Saturday or Sunday but may be forced to wait until July 16.

Source: Sky News | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by thewild 13 years ago
yea, today is supposed to be extremely stormy. Yesterday was pretty bad.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Robbie333 13 years ago
yea, today is supposed to be extremely stormy. Yesterday was pretty bad. The weather at the launch site is only part of the problem. NASA has to make sure of the weather in many other places in case of an emergency Here... http://wiki.answers....e_landing_sites
Comment icon #3 Posted by thewild 13 years ago
well, nevermind, looks like a go! 11:26 am EST they will be launching!
Comment icon #4 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 13 years ago
Weather? Or aliens!!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by riquardo2 13 years ago
Weather... or Weddar?

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