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NASA Checks for Damage after Possible Lightning

5:28 PM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is checking for any damage to space shuttle Atlantis or the launch pad after a lightning strike.

Atlantis is poised to blast off Friday on the very last shuttle flight. Thunderstorms, however, are threatening to keep the spaceship.

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On Thursday, heavy rain and storms pelted the Florida launch site. Early in the afternoon, NASA reported a lightning strike within one-third of a mile from the pad. NASA says are no immediate signs of damage, but technicians are checking the electrical systems.

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The shuttle has yet to be fueled for its historic mission. And the four astronauts won't board until Friday.

Launch time on Friday is 11:26 a.m.

Associated Press

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