Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Cabin leak threatens US space shuttle launch"

This doesn't sound good.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - NASA engineers have discovered a leak in space shuttle Endeavour's cabin and are rushing to find its source to prevent a delay in the mission's launch, a US space agency spokesman said Tuesday.


"You can't launch with a cabin leak," [NASA spokesman Kyle] Herring said, adding, however, "At this point there is no delay of the launch."

Engineers are isolating valves that control cabin pressure to find the source of the leak and replace the defective item in time of the launch, he said.

Yeah, with spaceships, I guess good ol' caulk just wouldn't be sufficient.

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