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Nicholas J. M. Patrick

Shuttle Launch Likelihood Still Not Good, NASA Says

For the first time in more than four years, a NASA space shuttle — Discovery — is poised to light up the night sky in an evening launch bound for the international space station. But weather may intervene.Veteran spaceflyer Mark Polansky and his six-astronaut crew are set to launch spaceward Thursday night at 9:35:47 p.m. EST (0235:47 Dec. 8 GMT) on a challenging mission to deliver a new piece of the space station and rewire the outpost's power grid."I'm looking forward to a really spectacular launch coming up," NASA shuttle program manager Wayne Hale said of the planned space shot. "I think we're all ready to resume night launches."• Click here to visit FOXNews.com's Space Center.Only poor weather threatens Discovery's planned liftoff, with forecasts predicting just a 40 percent chance of favorable launch conditions. Low clouds and local rain showers are top concerns, shuttle weather officials have said.Discovery's launch window stretches through Dec. 17, though Friday and Saturday sp...

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