Endeavor Launch Delayed, Rescheduled
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has put off the launch of space shuttle Endeavor for at least one day due to thick clouds. NASA officials said the blast-off has been rescheduled for Monday. The space shuttle will be carrying six crewmembers to the International Space Station, where they would install a connecting hub and a cupola, which would have seven windows to allow astronauts to monitor the progress of spacewalks.
NASA spokesman George Diller said refueling of Endeavor has begun despite a forecast of scattered clouds for Monday morning. However, weather forecasters said that there is a chance that clouds, which threaten visibility, could clear by early Monday. The space launch is one of the last few trips aimed at completing the space station. NASA’s space shuttle program will end this year, most probably by autumn. The space station is expected to be completed by next year. President Barack Obama has already asked Congress to set aside funds for the operating expenses of the space station in the next ten years.