Discovery Set to Blast Off

Lightning could still delay launch
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:20 AM CDT
Space Shuttle Discovery is prepared for takeoff at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. It's scheduled to lift off tomorrow morning on a mission to the International Space Station.    (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
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(Newser) – NASA has cleared the Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven to launch tomorrow, as long as a slight chance of lightning doesn't delay fueling efforts, reports NASA won't fuel the spacecraft—preparing for a 13-day resupplying mission—if there is a 20% or greater chance of lightning within five miles. So far, skies are expected to be clear.