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NASA POSTPONES LAUNCH OF STS-133
11.05.10
 
NASA managers have decided to postpone the next launch attempt for space shuttle Discovery to no earlier than Nov. 30 at 4:05 a.m. EST. due to a hydrogen gas leak detected while filling the external tank. The leak, detected early Friday morning while the shuttle's external fuel tank was being loaded, was at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, an attachment point between the external tank and a 17-inch pipe that carries gaseous hydrogen safely away from Discovery to the flare stack, where it is burned off.

Excerpts from Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program launch integration manager. taken during mission managers held a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center to discuss their decision with the media on Friday, November 5.


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Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program launch integration manager
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Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager

Cut 1 - (00:18) - “As we loaded up the external tank we saw a hydrogen leak coming out of the Ground Umbilical Carrier plate; we call it the GUP, and that’s basically the vent arm that takes hydrogen vents off the external tank as we’re loading liquid hydrogen in and takes it off to the flare stack.”    
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Mike Moses, Space Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager

Cut 2 - (00:15) “So we have a lot to do before we settle on a new launch date.  We’re going to make sure we fix the problems and worry about the launch date later.    November 30th is the first time that the window opens and I can’t commit to saying that’s exactly when we’re going to launch but that’s what we’re going to start setting schedules for.” 
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