Another Shuttle delay
Tue, 9 Nov 1999 15:44:44 +0100


New Trouble For Shuttle Flight to Fix Hubble		
Updated 1:29 AM ET November 9, 1999
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's much-delayed mission to repair the
Hubble Space Telescope suffered another setback Monday when shuttle
Discovery's move to the launch pad was delayed by a damaged cable.  The
cable, which is part of the self-destruct system for the shuttle's boosters,
will have to be replaced, space agency spokesman Joel Wells said.  NASA's
shuttles are equipped with a destruct system in case the spaceship goes out
of control during launch and threatens populated areas.  Space agency
officials could not say exactly how long the repairs would take, but they
still hoped to launch the shuttle in early December.  Discovery's emergency
visit to Hubble, which was originally scheduled for mid-October, has been
delayed by shuttle wiring problems and most recently by a decision to change
one of the craft's rocket engines.  Astronomers are eagerly awaiting
Discovery's mission to repair the Hubble's point system. Three of the
telescope's six gyroscope pointing devices have failed and another breakdown
would halt the observatory's work.

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