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Published: Thursday, 12/7/2006

Clouds force NASA to scrub launch of space shuttle Discovery


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Low clouds forced NASA to delay the launch of space shuttle Discovery tonight, and strong winds could delay another attempt for a day or two.

NASA managers waited until the end of the launch window before deciding to call off the launch scheduled for 9:35 p.m. EST. It would have been the first launch attempt at night in four years.

We gave it the best shot and didn t get clear and convincing evidence that the cloud ceiling had cleared for us, launch director Mike Leinbach told Discovery s seven astronauts.

Commander Mark Polansky responded, Try not to be too disappointed.

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