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Hurricane Delays Shuttle Launch

10 years ago18 views The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, pushed back its shuttle mission to the Hubble space telescope, saying it lost a week of preparation when Hurricane Ike forced an evacuation of Mission Control in Houston. The shuttle Atlantis will lift off on Oct. 14 at 10:19 p.m. local time from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The original date was Oct. 10. “While vehicle processing at Kennedy continues on schedule, the lost week of training and mission preparation due to the storm led to the decision to slip the dates,” NASA said. Hurricane Ike, the most devastating storm to hit Texas in half a century, forced the evacuation of the Houston space center on Sept 11. Operations resumed two days ago. The 1,600-acre base was mostly unaffected. A few structures suffered window and roof damage, and several light poles and trees were downed. During the storm, Johnson workers set up a makeshift Mission Control near Austin, where they managed operations on the International Space Station. Hurricane Ike, a Category 2 storm at landfall with winds of 110 mph per hour, caused at least $11.5 billion worth of destruction across Texas. The Atlantis crew will make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope during its 11-day mission. The repairs will keep the Hubble operational until its replacement, the James Webb space telescope, is launched in 2013.

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