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Weather delays final launch of shuttle Discovery

RIA Novosti

14:35 04/11/2010

MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) - The final launch of the space shuttle Discovery was delayed on Thursday for at least 24 hours due to weather conditions, NASA said on its website.

"Mission managers will meet tomorrow at 5 a.m. to reevaluate the weather conditions. Friday's launch attempt would be at 3:04 p.m. EDT," the website said.

The delay was not a surprise as meteorologists earlier forecasted bad weather conditions that could affect Thursday's scheduled launch.

Discovery's 12-day mission to the International Space Station "will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and provide critical spare components to the International Space Station."

Following the STS-133 mission, Discovery will be the first of the shuttle fleet to retire.

According to NASA, Discovery has flown 38 missions to date - more than any other shuttle - and orbited the Earth more than 5,600 times.

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