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08-Jun-03 | Spirit scrubbed

Scrub! The first launch attempt for MER-A Spirit has been called on account of rain. A line of severe thunderstorms approaching the Cape led NASA and Delta managers to decide to move the Mobile Service Tower back into place around the launch pad as quickly as possible in order to protect the vehicle and spacecraft from high winds and water. Fueling of the Delta first stage had been essentially completed before the scrub call, and the tank was quickly drained before MST movement. The weather report is the same for Monday and slightly better for Tuesday, with a strong chance of cumulus clouds, developing thunderstorms, and associated anvil clouds each afternoon.

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