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    Monday, August 08, 2005

    "Maintain Standard Orbit"

    Stardate 4367.8

    Weather has again plagued the Shuttle Discovery mission. However this time, it is delaying the return of the shuttle back to earth. NASA has delayed the return until tuesday now, due to unfavorable weather conditions at the Florida landing site.

    What does this mean for the astronauts I wonder? I am sure there is more than enough air and supplies on board so I doubt they are too worried. Though being stuck in orbit would be a little nerve wracking I bet.

    It has got to be frustrating for NASA however. This mission has been problematic at best from the very beginning, though I am sure the media has really blown a few things out of proportion this time around. The first time the launch was scheduled, it was cancelled due to the fuel sensor problem. The weather had played havoc with the schedule on both occassions, and once in orbit, the astronauts had to complete their "daring" duct tape fix up of the protruding gap filling material. It does seem, however, that the bulk of this mission has gone safely and the landing should be a piece of cake tomorrow.

    Let's hope all goes well, so that there isn't even more pressure on NASA to scrap this program!

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