CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has started fueling the space
shuttle for a sixth attempt to launch Endeavour on a mission to the
international space station.
Endeavour is poised to take off for the space station Wednesday
evening, along with seven astronauts. Forecasters put the odds of
good weather at 60 percent.
Thunderstorms have delayed the mission three times and hydrogen
gas leaks have caused two delays. Endeavour holds the final piece
of Japan's space lab, which should have flown last month.
NASA must launch Endeavour by Wednesday - possibly Thursday if
managers agree to shorten the flight. Otherwise, the shuttle will
have to step aside for a Russian supply run to the space station.
That would bump the shuttle launch to July 26.
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