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Shuttle Launch Scrubbed Today

The shuttle launch director says he's "A little disappointed'' that the Atlantis launch was scrubbed today. But Doug Lyons says his team will be ready to try again tomorrow if that's what NASA engineers decide "Is the right thing to do.''

Today's attempt was called off when two  of four fuel gauges on the space shuttle's huge external tank acted up. At least three of the liquid hydrogen gauges called engine cutoff sensors must be working properly before launch. This issue has forced the delays of other missions as recently as September of last year.

If engineers can clear the problem in time, Atlantis could be rescheduled to blast off for the international space station at 4:09 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow.

Seven astronauts are set to spend eleven days in space delivering and installing a European lab to the ISS.

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