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NASA's Final Space Shuttle Launch Delayed

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This isn't a good way to start things.

NASA has delayed the launch of its final space shuttle voyage. It was scheduled for liftoff at 3:47 p.m. on Friday. However, due to a malfunction connected to the spacecraft's critical power units, Endeavor will not be lifting off until further notice.

Two of its three heater units failed Friday morning during testing, which rendered the spacecraft useless.

NASA's spokesman says it will be a couple days before NASA plans to reschedule the launch.

He explains;

"There's not a way to do the troubleshooting we need to do and stay in a countdown configuration. It will be at least a 48-hour scrub turnaround."

The next chance for liftoff will be this Sunday May 1 at 2:59 p.m.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made the trip to Kennedy Space Center to see her husband Mark Kelly lead the Endeavor crew. Hopefully her doctors will let her stay for the additional days while they prepare for the launch.

It's a shame that the shuttle's final voyage had to begin with a bump in the road, but thankfully the malfunction was caught before liftoff.

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6 comments to “NASA's Final Space Shuttle Launch Delayed”

  1. 1

    Hey Perez. It's not the final space shuttle voyage. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off on June 28th.

  2. 2

    You mean the second to the last. One more to go! Do a bit of checking on Google or something. This is why people believe Obama is not a citizen or that he is Muslum. People speak without the facts. Sad. All I keep thinking is, how awful it would be if something happens to this poor woman's husband while she is there, in person, watching. Twice before, we've had problems and frankly, these shuttles are old!

  3. 3

    It's not the last voyage you ignorant fool… it's second to last… Where do you get your info from and why dont you check it out before you post it to these lemmings who believe everything you say?

  4. 4

    not the last one as others have posted and not that entirely strange or bad that it was delayed…stick to the celeb gossip, you seem even more stupid when you write about stuff you have no idea about

  5. 5

    STS-135 hasn't been official put on the calendar, so to speak. The funding is there, but the government hasn't come out and said, "Yes, we gave them the money, it's going to happen." So, there are two launches left, but for a long time, people thought this would be the last one.

    Also, they scrubbed the launch yesterday right after most of the people were bussed out to the Causeway. Like, within ten minutes. So we all got to sit out there and admire the shuttle for ten minutes, and those of us who went with a tour group will have to pay extra to get back out there. People who got their tickets directly through the Visitor's Center can go back and see it from there for free, but not at the Causeway. OUch.

  6. 6

    This isnt the last launch. Atlantis is on the schedule & set to launch in June. Oh yeah, this launch is scheduled for may 2, so that would make it monday. Youre so f***ing annoying! Its a disgrace for you to speak about the space program if you dont know! And embarrassing for us "space shuttle families"