NASA: April 29 for Next-to-Last Shuttle Launch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - NASA's next-to-last space shuttle
flight is set to begin late next week.

Spaceflight managers gathered Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and set April 29 as the launch date for Endeavour's final

The two-week mission will be led by Mark Kelly, the astronaut
husband of wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He is awaiting doctors' permission for his wife to attend the launch.

Giffords was shot in Tucson, Ariz., three months ago.

Endeavour will fly to the International Space Station. The crew
of six will deliver a $2 billion particle physics experiment.

Liftoff time is 3:47 p.m. It will be the 134th shuttle mission
overall and the 25th for Endeavour, NASA's youngest shuttle.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    just happpens to coincide with the "royal wedding". certainly nothing ritualistic about that.
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      by Derek on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:57 AM in reply to
      I rather watch the shuttle launch the the royal wedding
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