Review Sets Feb. 7 Launch Date

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This flexible hose carries Freon through Atlantis’ cooling system. Photo credit: NASA

NASA managers formally set the launch of space shuttle Atlantis for Feb. 7 at 2:45 p.m. EST, pending analysis of a flexible hose in the shuttle’s radiator cooling system.

The bent hose was discovered Tuesday on Atlantis during inspections of the payload bay doors. Engineers want to determine whether the braided metal hose, which carries Freon to cool the shuttle’s systems while in space, will work as planned. The hose in question runs from the shuttle body to the radiator panels on the cargo bay doors.

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