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Space Shuttle Endeavour

is waiting for its launch which will hopefully be
in 6 hours after being postponed a couple times,
the last time yesterday due to bad weather conditions.


The United States Congress authorized the construction
of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was
lost in an accident in 1986.

The orbiter is named after HM Bark Endeavour, the ship
commanded by 18th century explorer James Cook; the
name also honored Endeavour, the Command Module of
Apollo 15. This is why the name is spelled in the
British English manner, rather than the American
English spelling of "Endeavor." This has caused
confusion, most notably when NASA themselves
misspelled a sign on the launch pad in 2007.

Endeavour was delivered by Rockwell International in
May 1991 and first launched a year later, in May 1992,
on STS-49.

According to NASA, Endeavour will be decommissioned in
2010, after 18 years of service, along with Discovery
and Atlantis.




Nasa Space Shuttle-site.


STS-127 Mission Overview

The 16-day 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.

The STS-127 crew members are Commander Mark Polansky,
Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Dave Wolf,
Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Tim Kopra and
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette. Kopra
will join the space station crew and replace Japanese
astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata will return to Earth
on Endeavour to conclude a three-month stay at the
station.



UPDATE:
Endeavour Launch Rescheduled for Wednesday

Liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-127
mission has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at
6:03 p.m. EDT.

Monday's attempt was canceled due to poor weather
conditions within the launch area at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida. Anvil clouds and storm cells
containing lightning flared up toward the end of the
countdown, violating stringent launch safety rules.


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