Leak forces more waiting for Discovery crew
Thursday, March 12th 2009, 12:28 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- After a month-long delay, space shuttle Discovery will have to wait at least four more days to blast off to the international space station.
NASA managers say a hydrogen gas leak forced them to postpone another launch attempt until Sunday or Monday. They say they need to lift off by next Tuesday or will have to wait until next month. That's because a Russian Soyuz rocket is next in line to dock with the space station.
Launch director Mike Leinbach (LYN'-bahk) says the hydrogen leak in a feed line to the shuttle's external fuel tank "was large." Now, engineers need to track down exactly where it was.
Discovery's seven astronauts were safely in their crew quarters when the leak was found.