August 31, 1995 in Nation/World

Weather Threatens Shuttle Launch

Associated Press

Remnants of Tropical Storm Jerry threatened to wash out NASA’s plans to launch space shuttle Endeavour on an already delayed science mission today.

Forecasters gave only a 40 percent chance of good weather for the 11:04 a.m. (EDT) liftoff.

Endeavour’s crew will release a solar research satellite, called Spartan, one day after blasting into orbit and retrieve it two days later.

They will also release and recover a flying saucershaped satellite intended for electronics research.

Scientists hope to create a contamination-free vacuum in the wake of the satellite as it hurtles around Earth at 17,500 mph. Extremely thin semiconductor films will be grown in this wake.

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