Space Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Into Night Sky

Space shuttle Endeavour is on its way to giving the international space station an extreme home makeover.

The seven member crew will double as kitchen and bathroom installers once they arrive at the space station Sunday, hooking up extra cooking and sleeping equipment so the space station's crew can expand next year. They will deliver a new refrigerator as well, giving station residents much-desired cold drinks for a change.

NASA almost called off the launch at the last minute because a door on the launch pad was not secured. Launch controllers said the door would not strike Endeavour and that, at worst, the room used to gain access to the shuttle would sustain damage.

Endeavour will spend 15 days in orbit, including Thanksgiving.

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