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More problems for Space Shuttle Discovery

05/23/2005 9:59 AM

Sensors on the Space Shuttle Discovery have captured a number of problems with the external fuel tank. Beginning on Friday (5/20), problems with the tank's pressurization system were detected. NASA is taking no chances and intends to swap out the external tank and solid rocket boosters for a tank and booster set which had originally been scheduled to fly with Atlantis on its next mission. These changes, which will begin tomorrow, may force NASA to scrap the planned July launch of Discovery.

Breaking News - 05/24/05:
NASA says flight is still scheduled for July despite problems.

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New Shuttle

05/23/2005 11:21 AM

Lets face it, the Space Shuttle was designed in the late seventies and the first one was launched in 1982. the design is over 20 years old. We have made such huge technological advances that maybe we should consider scrapping in the current incremental upgrades we are currently doing and just design and build a new one.
I think that the future of space exploration is better served spending it on a new set of shuttles than a manned mission to mars.

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