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7/1/05- Kennedy Space Center, FL

Space Shuttle Ready For Return To Space

Only the weather is a concern now for NASA as the agency gets set to fly the space shuttle again.

NASA has formally set July 13th as the launch date. It's the first shuttle mission since the Columbia tragedy two years ago. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced the date yesterday after a two-day space agency review of Discovery's readiness to blast off. The shuttle will carry seven astronauts to the international space station, along with badly needed supplies and replacement parts.

Discovery commander Eileen Collins says the crew is "go for launch." Launch director Mike Leinbach says his team and the shuttle are also ready. His only worry is seemingly nonstop stormy weather at the Florida launch site. As he talked with reporters yesterday, thunder rumbled outside and rain poured down.

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