NASA ready to launch shuttle
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.