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The Nation : Shuttle's Launch Delayed

December 18, 1985

The space agency postponed the launching of the shuttle Columbia by 24 hours because tired workers had fallen behind in their countdown tasks. "Essentially, there were too many tasks to complete and too little time to complete them," said George Diller, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "We felt it was more prudent to delay than to take a chance on making a mistake." The launch was rescheduled for 4 a.m. PST Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center with Columbia carrying a crew of seven that includes a Florida congressman and the first Latino-American astronaut.

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