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Mysterious Shuttle Problems

First, a computer intended to be placed aboard Shuttle Endeavor for its upcoming mission was found to have been sabotaged. Now, it seems that the shuttle has sprung a leak, and the mission, which is scheduled for August 7, may have to be delayed. But the larger question is, was the leak another act of sabotage, and if so, who wants this mission to fail, and why?

CNN reports that NASA discovered the leak over the weekend and tightened a bolt to fix it, but further testing shows that air is still escaping from the crew cabin. One of the astronauts on board will be ex-school teacher Barbara Morgan, who was Christa McAuliffe's backup in 1986. McAuliffe was one of the seven astronauts killed along when the Challenger broke up 73 seconds after takeoff.

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