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Shuttle fueled up again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA fueled Endeavour for the second straight night Sunday in hopes of sending it on the last big space station construction mission.

The launch team began pumping millions of gallons of fuel into the shuttle just as the Super Bowl was kicking off in Miami. NASA’s launch director, Mike Leinbach, told his controllers to be at their computers, ready to support the launch, football or not.

Endeavour and its crew of six were scheduled to blast off at 4:14 a.m. today with a new room and observation deck for the International Space Station.

Sunday’s try was spoiled by thick, low clouds. More of the same was hovering late Sunday, but forecasters went with a 60 percent chance of acceptable weather.


 

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