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NASA Reschedules Space Shuttle Launch for Saturday



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

> Dec. 7, 2006
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> Jessica Rye/Katherine Trinidad
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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> RELEASE: 06-368
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> NASA RESCHEDULES SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH FOR SATURDAY
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> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA managers postponed Thursday's space 
> shuttle launch until Saturday because of low cloud cover. Friday's 
> weather is not expected to be favorable for a launch attempt but 
> mission managers believe conditions will improve by the weekend. 
>
> Launch of Discovery is now scheduled for 8:47 p.m. EST Dec. 9. 
>
> Tomorrow's weather is not expected to be favorable for a launch 
> attempt but mission managers believe conditions will improve by the 
> weekend. 
>
> During STS-116, the astronauts will deliver and install a girder-like 
> structure, known as the P5 truss, aboard the station. The 4,000-pound 
> component will make possible future installation of solar arrays. The 
> crew will also reconfigure the station's electrical and cooling 
> systems from temporary to permanent mode. 
>
> Discovery's crew is Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein and 
> mission specialists Bob Curbeam, Joan Higginbotham, Nicholas Patrick, 
> Sunita Williams and Christer Fuglesang, a European Space Agency 
> astronaut. 
>
> For the latest information about the STS-116 mission and its crew, 
> visit: 
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> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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