Nasa Shuttle Launch
May 1, 2011 by staff
The launch originally scheduled for Friday afternoon was canceled after NASA discovered a flaw in an auxiliary heater.
Technicians worked throughout the weekend to solve the problem but ABC News reports that the release was delayed due to the complexity of the repair.
ABC News reports that the families of the shuttle crew will return to Houston, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Once again, the launch of much awaited space shuttle has been delayed.
NASA announced Sunday morning that the launch will not take place on Monday and officials are not sure when this might occur.
The launch of space shuttle Endeavour was originally scheduled for last Friday but was deleted just hours before liftoff, when a distribution box called the load control assembly malfunctions. Officials thought the problem was in a very easy to reach thermostat. Engineers will probably need two days to fix and replace the box.
A possible end to its launch a week-is complicated by the fact that the Air Force plans to launch its own rocket, an Atlas V, on Friday, from Canaveral, adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. NASA officials are consulting with the Air Force to see that the launch could be delayed.
The Chicago Tribune reports that if NASA cannot squeeze a launch Endeavour on Saturday, the next opportunity might not be until May 10 or 11 because the Russians are launching a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station and Endeavour would to wait until it comes before the shuttle cannot dock.
The launch has attracted more attention than usual because Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords traveled to Florida to see her husband, space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, participate in the launch. Authorities have not said if Giffords, who undergoes rehabilitation TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann with gunshot wounds received at the January 8 shooting in Tucson back to Houston or waiting in Florida for launch.
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