Shuttle launch delayed until March 15 at least

Shuttle launch delayed until March 15 at least

Shuttle launch delayed until March 15 at least

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March 12 2009 9:30 AM

Shuttle launch delayed until March 15 at least

Space Shuttle hydrogen pump
A hydrogen vent line to the Shuttle, the source
of a leak delaying the launch.
The STS-119 mission launch has been delayed at least a few days due to a hydrogen leak in a vent line. The Shuttle is in no danger according to NASA, but things like this bedevil the complicated launch process, and they want to make sure everything is OK. A team of inspectors will take a look this afternoon to assess what's what.

It'll be 19:43 (Eastern time) on March 15th at the earliest for the next launch, and historically leaks like this take a while to sort out, so that target time and date may be optimistic. We'll know better later today or tomorrow.