Weather forecast excellent for shuttle launch

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) - Everything is looking good for Wednesday night's launch of space shuttle Discovery on a space station construction mission. Liftoff is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The countdown is ging osmoothly, and forecasters put the odds of good launching weather at 90 percent.

Shuttle managers had so little to discuss at Monday's launch review at Florida's Kennedy Space Center that they wrapped up in under an hour. That compares with meetings over the past month that lasted as long as 13 hours to debate every aspect of hydrogen gas valves.

Discovery's launch was delayed a month because of concern about those valves. One of the valves broke during the last shuttle launch. So NASA ordered extra testing to make sure the valves that ultimately ended up in Discovery's engine compartment were safe to fly.

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