Endeavour’s Saturday Launch Scrubbed

Space shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA TV

Space shuttle Endeavour on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit: NASA TV

A leaking hydrogen gas line on Endeavour’s fuel tank caused Saturday’s launch to be cancelled.  The same kind of gas line leak postponed a shuttle launch in March. NASA is hoping that technicians will be able to use the same fix to repair  Endeavour and has rescheduled the shuttle’s launch to Wednesday, June 17th. 

Wednesday is also the launch date for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, an unmanned satellite to the moon.  NASA is planning to bump the moon mission for shuttle’s launch.  Endeavour must launch by this weekend or wait until mid-July because the angle of the sun would heat up the shuttle. The moon mission must be launched by Saturday as well because of the alignment between the Earth and the moon, otherwise it must wait until the end of the month for another shot.

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