NASA Scrubs Shuttle LaunchAired January 31, 2000 - 2:14 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, NASA has just made a decision about whether there will be a shuttle launch today. Let's go to Miles O'Brien. He's at the Kennedy Space Center -- Miles.
MILES O'BRIEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And Natalie, the decision in a word is no. No Chamber of Commerce weather here today on the -- they call it the "Space Coast" of Florida. The rain has been steady, the clouds have been low, and there have been several reasons that a space shuttle cannot launch: because of the thick clouds and the rain, and also some concerns about a computer system onboard that space shuttle. More on that in just a moment.
Let's take a look at a live picture of the launch pad. There you see a close-up of the nose section of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, poised for its 14th mission, the 97th space shuttle mission in all.
The crew, six members in all, led by Commander Kevin Kregel walked out after being suited up and strapped in a few hours ago, rose up to that so-called "white room" -- essentially the jet way for the shuttle -- strapped themselves in and have been sitting on their backs for almost two hours now waiting for the possibility of a patch of blue in which they could launch the shuttle. Unfortunately, no such luck today. Endeavor will stay on the pad and the crew will return to their quarters.
Once on orbit, they will go up and try to conduct the most comprehensive mapping effort of the world: 70 percent of the earth's surface. That will occur over an 11-day mission whenever it begins.
Meanwhile, engineers will be troubleshooting a computer problem, which cropped up during the countdown. We'll find out later this afternoon if that means the delay might be more than 24 hours. As it is, they'll try tomorrow about this time.
Miles O'Brien, CNN, reporting live at the Kennedy Space Center.
ALLEN: All right. Thank you, Miles.
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