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Originally posted by wasco2
Just wanted to add: I DID get tickets to the KSC Visitor Complex so I will be there. Here's hoping it goes off smoothly and on schedule.
Government Shutdown Threatens Space Shuttle Endeavour Mission
With the government shutdown looming, one federal employees may be reluctantly preparing for the furlough -- space shuttle Endeavor. Disagreements over ideologies in the final hours of negotiations on Capitol Hill seemed deadlocked, and without a congressional resolution providing lawmakers more time to negotiate, the federal government shuts down at midnight Saturday morning. Depending on the length of the government shutdown, NASA will be forced to halt the majority of preparation work being done on Endeavor -- and postpone the April 29 launch until a later time. Up until the launch date, NASA allocates a certain amount of contingency days -- days in which work can be cut short and the launch will be able to happen according to schedule. As of today, nine contingency days are left, including weekends. If the government shutdown lasts a little over a week, Endeavor will be on the ground longer than expected. Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Endeavour is scheduled to blast off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 8:56 a.m. EDT (1256 GMT). Weather forecasters predict a 70 percent chance of good launch conditions. This will be the second launch try for Endeavour's STS-134 mission, after a broken set of heaters thwarted an attempt on April 29. Read more: www.foxnews.com...