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Launch of Discovery carry over again.. / January 11, 2011 /

Scheduled for 3 February shuttle launch Discovery to the International Space Station (ISS) has been postponed, said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Due to technical problems start «Discovery» was transferred several times. On Friday, experts said they needed more time to complete repair work on the identification of breakage in one of the branches of the fuel tank. A new date for shuttle launch specialists will be able to sound the end of next week.

It is known that the next «window» to launch into orbit could be February 24.

Earlier, before preparing to launch a space shuttle have already been identified faults, in particular, during filling the shuttle with liquid hydrogen and oxygen in the starting team discovered leaks in the connecting tube between the external fuel tank and the outlet pipe for the hydrogen in its gaseous state.

The upcoming flight will be the last for the «Discovery». This will be the first of the remaining U.S. space shuttle fleet, which will withdraw from service in the collapse of the American space program, Space Shuttle.

The main task of the 12-day shuttle mission will deliver to the ISS a large amount of cargo. In addition, the astronauts ’Discovery’ E-Drew and Tim Kopra will make two spacewalks for maintenance works on the set on the outer surface of the station equipment. They also consolidate there a special platform with spare parts for the ISS power system.
It is planned that after the «Discovery» will go to retire the shuttle «Endeavour», the final flight is planned for February-March 2011. The last in the list of retiring the shuttles will be Atlantis. He is expected to fly in the summer of 2011, already outside of the program Space Shuttle.

Rotation of crews on the International Space Station now being implemented with the help of Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The Union will remain the only means of transportation to orbit and return of astronauts and the astronauts in the ISS program after closing the program Space Shuttle and before the advent of new manned spacecraft.

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