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NASA Sets Date for Space Shuttle Launch

S119-E-010071 (26 March 2009) --- Backdropped by a blue and white Earth and the blackness of space, Space Shuttle Discovery's docking mechanism (top foreground), payload bay, Remote Manipulator System Orbiter Boom Sensor System (RMS/OBSS), vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods are featured in this image photographed by a STS-119 crewmember during flight day 12 activities.
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NASA will try to launch the space shuttle Discovery next week.

Senior officials set Tuesday as the launch date following a two-day flight review that ended Wednesday. Much of the discussion focused on the large amount of foam insulation that came off the fuel tank during last month's launch. Managers decided the tank for Discovery's upcoming flight is fine.

Discovery and its seven-member crew will haul equipment and supplies to the international space station, including a new treadmill named after Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. Earlier this year, the comedian tried to get a future space station chamber named after him. NASA chose Tranquility instead, and Colbert had to settle for the treadmill.

Liftoff time is 1:36 a.m. (1736 GMT).