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Discovery Launch Delayed
The launch of space shuttle Discovery now is targeted for Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 4:17 p.m. EDT.

Helium and nitrogen leaks found in the pressurization portion of space shuttle Discovery’s right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod must be fixed before launch and the decision was made to delay picking up the launch countdown by at least a day.

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Jeff Spaulding
NASA Test Director

(:30)  Last night when we were doing our tank press to flight mode we had a couple of leaks that occurred and we tried to repair those overnight and we weren't completely successful in doing so which is going to cause a little more work today.  As a result of that we are going to need to delay the start of our launch countdown a day in order to accomplish repairs required for the leaks we had and that would also move our launch date out one additional day to the second of November from the first. 
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(:23)  The actual repair and the removal and replacement of those parts isn't very complicated and we've done it in the past.  These types of couplings are...we have had issues with different ones in the past and so it's fairly common when we have to go off and do these and it's a well known process and the folks do a really good job at that. 
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