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*** Next U.S. shuttle flight to Mir delayed

The space shuttle Discovery will be five days late picking up the
last NASA astronaut to live on Russia's Mir space station, officials
said Tuesday. Space agency officials delayed the launch of Discovery
from May 28 to June 2 because launch preparations were running late,
said  spokesman Joel Wells. The shuttle is to dock with Mir and pick
up Andrew Thomas, NASA's last astronaut of a planned series of them
to live and work on the Russian space outpost. The Australian-born
astronaut has been aboard the orbiting outpost since January. A NASA
officials said ground controllers in Moscow had been informed of the
new launch date.

 See:

http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2553921931-eac


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