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Launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour Postponed Until Sunday

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:30 am
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – Space shuttle Endeavour’s launch to the International Space Station has been postponed until Sunday to give technical teams more time to evaluate lightning strikes at the launch pad that occurred during thunderstorms Friday. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:13 p.m. PDT.

News media and the public are invited to observe the live televised broadcast of Endeavour’s launch in the Exploration Center at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Sensors indicated there were 11 lightning strikes within 0.35 miles, which is inside the launch pad’s threshold. Teams have seen nothing so far that indicates anything has been affected.

The Mission Management Team will meet at 5 a.m. PDT, Sunday to evaluate the latest data. Fueling of the external fuel tank is scheduled to begin at 6:48 a.m. PDT, Sunday.

A lightning strike at Launch Pad 39A during Friday's thunderstorm. Image credit: NASA TV

A lightning strike at Launch Pad 39A during Friday's thunderstorm. Image credit: NASA TV

The 16-day STS-127 mission will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.

WHAT: An opportunity to watch the live televised broadcast of the launch of STS-127 space shuttle Endeavour, which will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and will be televised live on NASA TV.

WHEN: The Exploration Center will open at noon PDT, Sunday, July 12, 2009, and remain open until 30 minutes after launch. Launch is scheduled for 4:13 p.m. PDT.

Endeavour

Endeavour

WHERE: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Exploration Center, located at the main gate, Moffett Field. To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate and bear right into the parking lot. The Exploration Center is located in the large white dome.

On launch day, a blog originating from Kennedy will update the countdown. The blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA’s shuttle Web site can read about the crew’s progress and watch the spacewalks live. As Endeavour’s flight wraps up, NASA will offer a blog detailing the spacecraft’s return to Earth.

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