Lightning delays Nasa’s space shuttle launch

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Lightning delays Nasa’s space shuttle launch

Post  Admin on Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:57 am

Lightning forced Nasa to delay the space shuttle Endeavour’s planned launch on Saturday by at least a day, the latest blow to the seven-astronaut mission. Nasa announced the delay with just nine hours to go before lift-off, citing 11 lightning strikes near the Cape Canaveral launch site during a powerful electrical storm. “The launch is scrubbed for at least 24 hours,” Nasa spokesman George Diller said. “This delay will give technical teams additional time to evaluate lightning strikes at Launch Pad 39A that occurred during thunderstorm. There was "no damage found on the shuttle or on the pad systems,” Diller said.

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