Discovery's final flight delayed

Discovery's final flight delayed

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The launch of space shuttle Discovery was scrapped because of a hydrogen gas leak (AP)

Space shuttle Discovery will be waiting a little longer for its final flight.

Nasa has put off Discovery’s launch until at least December 3 while it continues to make repairs.

Discovery was grounded two weeks ago by a hydrogen gas leak that cropped up during fuelling. Later, cracks were found in Discovery’s fuel tank, underneath a crack in the tank’s foam insulation.

The shuttle will carry a crew of seven and a load of supplies to the International Space Station.

Nasa is retiring the fleet and closing its shuttle programme next year after three decades.

Discovery is the oldest and most travelled shuttle.

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