NASA replacing seals in leaky shuttle fuel line

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Posted: Oct 20, 2010 2:55 PM
NASA replacing seals in leaky shuttle fuel line

Space shuttle Discovery needs more repair work before it can take off on its last flight.

NASA said Wednesday it will empty Discovery's on-board fuel tanks, then replace two seals in a line that had been leaking. The job at the launch pad will take the rest of this week. If all goes well, the shuttle will remain on track for a Nov. 1 liftoff to the International Space Station.

Technicians checked bolts on the leaky fuel line earlier this week. The bolts were tight. But for whatever reason, the leak stopped, after a week of slow seepage. Managers ordered the seal replacements as a precaution.

The fuel is used to move Discovery around in orbit.

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