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Space shuttle Discovery will not now lift off on its final STS-133 mission to the International Space Station until 3 February at the earliest. The venerable vehicle was grounded on November 5 when NASA discovered cracks in two of 108 U-shaped aluminium brackets, known as "stringers", located on the external fuel tank. …


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  1. simon 43


    I'm not surprised they've postponed - the quality of that foam sculpting is awful!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      They really should get someone in who knows how to use Artex.

  2. Cucumber C Face

    And this week on Blue Peter..

    .. we'll be fixing the Space Shuttle's fuel tanks with sticky back plastic.

  3. Slipgate

    April 1st for the final launch...

    ...Really? Don't they remember Apollo 13, lifting off at 13:13....

  4. Robert Grant

    "I have strong confidence this is a solvable problem."

    Wow. I hope he's not paid to communicate :)

  5. NigelS


    According to his Tweet, the launch is actually postponed until April, the next available window after february :(

    "NASA RT @ShuttleCDRKelly Our launch date changed. Now 1 April 2011. Unfortunately no visit with my brother Scott @StationCDRKelly in space."

  6. Annihilator

    Feet dragging..

    I'll be honest, if my job was going to end with the shuttle programme, I'd be dragging it out as well.

    "Sorry guv, dodgy phalange this time. The shuttle has no phalange!"

    1. Aaron Em

      Hear, hear

      I was going to note that, if we had ever developed a spacecraft which didn't require more fussing over than Secretariat*, our manned space program might not have come to this pathetic strait. But I think you've got a better point than I would have.

      * Or Amy Winehouse, if you rather

  7. BozNZ
    Dead Vulture

    Oh the embarrasment

    Just scrap it for god-sake, this is getting embarrassing

  8. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    You guys know what I'm going to say.

    *Very* last chance to test.

    Oh, what's the use......

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hmm, this now poses a quandary

    I was originally intending to go to Florida in February to watch STS-134 go up, but now do I go for 133 on that schedule, or hang tight for 134? Decisions, decisions...

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