P107 CEEFAX 107 Sat 29 Oct 21:40/01       The launch of the Soviet space shuttle was halted after an equipment gantry failed to pull away from the rocket booster, TASS has saidN The Soviet news agency said computers stopped the countdown 51 seconds before launch to prevent the gantry hitting the booster during lift-off. If this had happened, the rocket could have caught fire and explodedN It is not known when another attempt will be made to launch the shuttle Buran (snowstorm) but the fault is not thought to be serious.  Watch this Space BBC2 265 Next News NewsIndex Newsreel BBC1 TV