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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Mid-2005 shuttle launch still on track

The chair of a NASA safety panel says the space shuttle has no "show stoppers" to prevent a launch from proceeding in May or June, according to a report on Reuters UK.

The Houston Chronicle carried a similar story on Thursday.

According to the Reuters report, Richard Covey, former astronaut and co-chair of a panel assessing NASA's compliance with safety standards for the next shuttle flight, says the agency has fully met seven of the panel's 15 recommendations and has made progress on an eighth.

NASA's efforts to certify the integrity of the space shuttle's wing structures and heat shield tiles were said to be a key part of the panel's requirements.

The findings are a milestone for NASA as it plans to launch space shuttle Discovery in May or June, with a launch window starting May 12.


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