[singlepic=161,220,,,right]The Space Shuttle Mission Management Team decided to postpone the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis for at least 24 hours following the lightning strike to the lightning protection system on Friday.

The delay will give Nasa and the Mission Management Team time to asses whether anything was damaged as a result of the lightning strike.

The Mission Management Team are due to reconvene on Sunday, to review the data and decide if everything is A-OK for a Monday launch

Currently there is a 20 percent chance that the weather will cause a “no go”, so assuming everything is ok and the weather holds, Atlantis could launch at 4.04 pm EDT (21.04 GMT) on Monday.

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Written by CW Staff

In the late 80s I started investigating UFOs and crop circles and joined the CCCS (Centre for Crop Circle Studies) and a local group researching strange sightings and reports along the south coast of Dorset (UK). In the early ’90s I started my own research group called SPS (Strange Phenomena Studies), this was renamed in 2004 to Cryptoworld.