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NASA has postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery.. / February 18, 2010 /

Launching the shuttle «Discovery» postponed from March 18 to April 5, 2010, because of the cold weather has become settled in Florida where the spaceport is situated, the official website of the American Space Agency (NASA) reported.

Low temperatures can damage the shuttle’s engines, so the shuttle will remain in the hangar until the weather improved. Under the rules of safety, space shuttle can be transported if the temperature is not below seven degrees Celsius. It was planned that the Discovery will be launched from the hangar is 11 February, but now a new date for this event — 22 February.

In addition to the «Discovery» is currently in the cosmos are flying two shuttle — Atlantis and Endeavor. The latter is now in orbit, where the team establishes the shuttle to the ISS a new module «Tranquility». NASA plans to complete the shuttle flights in 2010. After the U.S. shuttle mission, astronauts will fly into space on Russian «Union.»

Earlier it was planned that the shuttle will come to replace the new ships «Orion», developed at NASA since 2004. However, in the new budget agency, released first in February 2010, stipulate that the new vessels NASA will develop private companies.

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