Friday, April 29, 2011

Endeavour launch scrubbed

Problems with the shuttle Endeavour’s hydraulic power system forced NASA managers to scrub Friday’s planned launch on a space station assembly mission, disappointing thousands of spectators and spoiling a visit by President Obama and his family.

It also was a disappointment to commander Mark Kelly’s wife, Gabrielle Giffords, who flew to Florida Wednesday to watch the launch as she recovers from a January assassination attempt.

It’s not yet clear how long it will take to repair Endeavour, but launch is off until at least Monday, at 2:33:56 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), and possibly longer.

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