NASA ready to launch shuttle

Meteorologists said there was a 70 percent chance the weather would be acceptable for launch

Good weather looks 70 percent likely for today’s scheduled launch of Endeavour, the next-to-last U.S. space shuttle mission as NASA develops a new generation of craft for longer voyages.

Liftoff is set for 8:56 a.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center for the trip to the International Space Station after the U.S. space agency repaired a technical glitch that canceled last month’s launch attempt.

Endeavour and its six-man crew will deliver a unique astronomical and particle physics experiment to the orbiting outpost. The $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is designed to illuminate dark matter and other exotic forms of nature that so far have eluded scientists’ grasp.

The 16-day mission includes four spacewalks. 



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