Cape Canaveral, FL (AP) - NASA says a switch box removed from
space shuttle Endeavour has a blown circuit.
The repair work is taking longer than expected. That means
Endeavour's launch on the next-to-last shuttle flight may face yet
another delay. NASA currently is targeting a launch for next
Tuesday at the earliest.
Endeavour was supposed to blast off last Friday. But fuel-line
heaters did not turn on during the final part of the countdown. The
problem was traced to the switch box. A replacement was installed
Wednesday, but more testing is needed.
Endeavour's final voyage is under the command of Mark Kelly,
husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She plans to return to
Florida once the launch is rescheduled.
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