NASA’s ongoing troubles getting Space Shuttle Discovery off the ground could have implications for the additional shuttle flight Congress directed the agency to undertake no earlier than June, WFTV reported Jan. 10 after talking to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

     “WFTV learned NASA will announce another delay for Discovery on Tuesday and, Nelson says, if engineers can’t fix Discovery’s external tank they must cancel the Atlantis mission and use that tank, because they aren’t making tanks anymore.

     The plant that makes the tanks in Louisiana has already been shut down, so NASA is really faced with two options: fly with a tank that has had more repair work done than any other tank or scrap an entire shuttle mission.”