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Spring launch of shuttle postponed by NASA

HOUSTON (AP) — The first shuttle flight since the Columbia tragedy has been pushed back by NASA because hurricane damage and implementation of new safety measures made a spring 2005 launch "no longer achievable."

March or April had been the tentative date selected by NASA's spaceflight council, which announced the delay Friday.

The council, in Houston to discuss the Oct. 14 launch of the next international space station crew from Kazakhstan, asked shuttle program officials to analyze whether a May or July date is more feasible and to report back to their findings later this month, NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said.