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The need for more time to repair ominous-looking cracks in metal struts that support space shuttle Discovery's hefty exterior fuel tanks prompted NASA officials Thursday to call for a launch delay, moving the flight from a previously planned early February date to that month's end. The delay, which follows a failed November launch attempt, has NASA engineers questioning potential manufacturing flaws as the crack-creating culprits. Loaded with supplies for the International Space Station, Discovery is winding down NASA's three decades in the shuttle business.
Sorry,but it these times the Space program is way less important now then it was when we were racing the Russian's into space.
The Space Shuttle has lived long past its prime and needs to go out gracefully. I think in practical terms explorer space is pretty much a been there done that kind of thing now. Talking about going back to the Moon is just wasteful spending we can ill afford.