Sunday, January 13, 2008

I didn't think it would take so long, but here we are. The launch of the space shuttle Atlantis was delayed with more than two months. After refusing to schedule the next launch attempt, in the outcome
of the external fuel tank sensor test, the Atlantis space shuttle program flight manager revealed that the it will make a new launch attempt on the 7th of February.

The faulty connector, which caused two of the fuel gauges to fail during the test on December, started being installed yesterday in order to respect the newly scheduled launch date. The respective part has been replaced with a freshly manufactured one, while the connector which was extracted from Atlantis' external fuel tank was sent to the Marshall Space Flight Center, where it is still being tested in extreme temperature conditions, as it seemed that it only failed while the fuel tank was being filled, when it experienced wide temperature variations.

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