November 14, 1996 in Nation/World

Weather Forecast Delays Shuttle Launch

Compiled From Wire Services

With dangerously high wind expected through the weekend, NASA postponed this week’s launch of space shuttle Columbia until Tuesday.

Columbia was supposed to lift off Friday on a 16-day science mission, but NASA on Wednesday bumped the launch to Saturday to accommodate the flight of an unmanned rocket, then delayed it further due to the weekend weather.

By Tuesday, the shuttle will be nearly two weeks late taking off. NASA seldom delays a shuttle launch so far in advance, or for so many days at a time, for weather reasons. But forecasters said the whole weekend looked bad.

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