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02-Aug-04 | MESSENGER scrubbed

SCRUB! The first attempt at launching MESSENGER was set back by 24 hours this morning, as nearby thunderstorms generated by Tropical Storm Alex violated the anvil cloud and thick cloud rules at the pad.  These rules are designed to prevent launch-triggered lightning, an event which could easily be catastrophic to the launch vehicle, spacecraft, or both. Conditions are expected to improve for Tuesday’s try.

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