Thunderstorms Delay Space Shuttle Launch Again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thunderstorms have forced NASA to delay Sunday evening's launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

The launch team came within minutes of sending Endeavour and
seven astronauts to the international space station. But storms
moving in from the west violated NASA's safety rules, and managers
called everything off. They will try again Monday.

It was NASA's fourth launch attempt over the past month. Saturday's try was foiled by lightning. Hydrogen gas leaks caused two postponements in June.

NASA has until Tuesday, possibly Wednesday, to launch Endeavour
with the final piece of Japan's space station lab. Otherwise, it
will have to wait until the end of July because of a Russian supply
ship that's awaiting liftoff.

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