June 25, 1995 in Nation/World

Thunderstorms Delay Shuttle Launch

Compiled From Wire Services

For the second day in a row, thunderstorms delayed Saturday’s liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis on the first U.S. mission to dock with a Russian spacecraft in 20 years.

NASA gave up for the day 45 minutes before the scheduled launch, reluctantly extending American astronaut Norman Thagard’s recordbreaking stay on the Russian space station Mir. He has been there since mid-March.

Launch officials said they would try again Tuesday. Bad weather is expected until then.

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