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Last Updated: Wednesday July 13 2005 18:00 GMT

NASA postpone shuttle lift-off

The service gantry is rolled back from Space Shuttle Discovery at Cape Canaveral

The space shuttle Discovery won't be blasting off tonight because engineers have found a problem with a fuel sensor.

"We will not fly today" said commentator George Diller.

This is not the first problem that Discovery has had, a window cover recently fell off, damaging the craft.

This would have been NASA's first space shuttle mission since the Columbia disaster in 2003.


The shuttle was set to take-off from the Kennedy Space Center at 8.51pm UK time.

When re-scheduled, the mission will take 12 days, during which time Discovery will carry a crew of seven to the International Space Station with supplies and parts.