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April 20, 2005

Shuttle Launch Return To Flight Postponed

Discovery's Delayed Until At Least May 22nd

NASA Wednesday delayed the space shuttles' return to flight for at least a week, saying the space agency needs more time to go over safety changes made in the two years since the Columbia accident.

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ISS Refuge: It Would Be Crowded

Chiao Says Saving Shuttle Crew Would Mean Cramped Spaces

Since the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia two years ago, NASA (and a lot of the people who watch over the space agency) has been all about contingency planning -- making shuttle flights safer. So it's no wonder that some, including astronauts themselves, are thinking, "What if...?"

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SPACEHAB Rolls Out Hardware Bound For Space Station

Work on Second Return-to-Flight Mission Also On Target

SPACEHAB says its STS-114 module is a "GO" for launch on the May 2005 STS-114 space shuttle mission with the rollout of the Company's External Stowage Platform 2 (or ESP2). This cargo carrier marks a first in the use of large-scale commercial hardware by NASA as it is deployed from the shuttle's cargo bay to its permanent residence on the International Space Station (ISS).

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