NASA Delays Shuttle Over Gas Leak

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2009 12:07 AM CDT
The crew of space shuttle Endeavour gathers for photos after their arrival at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, June 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – NASA officials canceled today's Space Shuttle Endeavour launch after workers discovered a hydrogen gas leak during fueling, reports. If the failure is fixed soon, the seven-member crew could lift off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., as early as tomorrow morning, when near-perfect weather is expected. Discovery's STS-119 launch was delayed with a similar glitch 3 months ago, but launched successfully after repairs.

Led by veteran flyer Mark Polansky, Endeavour's crew plans to haul a Japanese-made porch to the International Space Station's huge Kibo laboratory. The long 16-day mission will also replace Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who has lived in the lab since March, with newbie space traveler Tom Kopra.