More Storms Threaten Monday Shuttle Launch Attempt

Monday, July 13th 2009, 7:35 am
By: News On 6

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Stormy weather may douse NASA's hopes of launching Endeavour tonight.

It's NASA's fifth attempt at sending the ship and its seven astronauts to the international space station. The launch is scheduled for 6:51 p.m. Eastern Time, but forecasters warn there's a 60% chance Mother Nature will stand in the way.

The shuttle was grounded yesterday when storm clouds rolled in, forcing NASA to scrub the launch nine minutes from blast off.

NASA has until tomorrow, and possibly Wednesday, to launch Endeavour with a piece of Japan's space station lab.

Endeavour is carrying the final segment of the $1 billion lab, named Kibo, or Hope. It's a porch for experiments that need to be exposed to space.

The shuttle's also carrying hundreds of pounds of food for the space station's six residents.

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