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Discovery launch is postponed
News story originally written on May 17, 1999

The Space Shuttle Discovery, originally scheduled to launch May 20, 1999, has been postponed at least one week. A recent hail storm causing damage to the fuel tank lead to the change in launch time. A new launch date will be determined this week.

Scientists working with the shuttle say the hail storm produced small dents in the external fuel tank. Ice could possibly form in these dents, causing problems after liftoff.

The shuttle will be moved from the launch pad back to base for repairs.

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