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Docking Problem Delays Space Shuttle Launch

November 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

NASA called off the launch of space shuttle Endeavour to the international space station because of danger from a Russian supply ship hanging from the orbiting outpost.

The unmanned Russian ship Progress 6 arrived at the space station on Wednesday but failed to attach itself securely. NASA feared the forces exerted by the arriving shuttle would cause the supply ship to wobble, damaging the space station.

Based on a fuzzy video of the docking, flight controllers suspect a one-foot cable is preventing the ship from latching on. Fixing the problem will almost certainly require a spacewalk.

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