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NASA prepares for shuttle's liftoff

NASA prepares for shuttle's liftoff

CAPE CANAVERAL — Late Tuesday night, NASA began fueling space shuttle Endeavour for a launch to the International Space Station early today.

Fueling was delayed nearly three hours because of thunderstorms. The weather finally eased, and managers gave the go-ahead to begin filling Endeavour's external tank. Meeting the 5:40 a.m. liftoff time may be difficult — the fueling began just when it should have been ending.

It is NASA's second attempt to launch Endeavour. A hydrogen gas leak spoiled Saturday's try.

This is the last chance for NASA to launch Endeavour before standing down for an unmanned moon shot. A delay would bump the shuttle flight into July.

NASA prepares for shuttle's liftoff 06/17/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:21am]

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