Endeavour Launch Date Moves to NET May 16

Endeavour Launch Date Moves to NET May 16

NASA has set May 16 as the newest “no earlier than” launch date for space shuttle Endeavour (STS-134). It also extended the mission, once it launches, from 14 to 16 days.

The agency said that launch opportunities continue through May 26, with May 21 as the only day when it cannot launch. If it did, its arrival at the International Space Station on May 23 would conflict with the departure of three of the Expedition 27 crew members who are due to return to Earth that day. NASA said that it determined that all of Endeavour’s tasks could be accomplished with only three ISS crew members aboard.

A news conference will be held on May 9 at 3:00 pm to discuss the progress of repairs to the Launch Control Assembly that failed and scrubbed the April 29 launch attempt. NASA TV will cover the news conference live.

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