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NATION IN BRIEF : FLORIDA : Cooling System Flaw May Delay Shuttle

May 09, 1990|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The shuttle Columbia's launch next week on a long-awaited Spacelab astronomy flight could be delayed several days because of problems with the ship's cooling system, officials at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida said. Columbia is scheduled for liftoff May 17 to kick off a Spacelab mission to study ultraviolet and X-ray radiation from deep space. If the problem cannotbe fixed at launch pad 39A, engineers may haul the shuttle back to its hangar for repairs, delaying launch for up to a month.

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