Endeavour and Weather Still Looking Good for Launch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (AP) - Endeavour is scheduled to blast off this evening on a two-week trip to the international space station.

NASA managers don't have much to talk about as shuttle Endeavour heads for its first trip into space in almost five years. The orbiter is looking very good after a major overhaul, and the weather is 80 percent "go."

It's not just the technical upgrade that has kept Endeavour on Earth for so long. The Columbia disaster in 2003 grounded the entire space shuttle fleet for two and a-half years.

NASA test director Jeff Spaulding says this is not like a pitcher throwing a perfect game. He says the launch team doesn't "balk" and get superstitious when things go so well.

Endeavour is scheduled to blast off tomorrow at 6:36 p.m. Eastern Time. It's set to take educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan and six other crew members on a minimum 11-day resupply and construction mission to the international space station.

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