Space shuttle Endeavour sits on pad 39A moments after the launch was scrubbed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla, Sunday, July 12, 2009. Thunderstorms forced NASA to call off Sunday evening's launch of shuttle Endeavour, the fourth delay for the space station construction mission. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Stormy weather may douse NASA's
hopes of launching Endeavour tonight.
It's NASA's fifth attempt at sending the ship and its seven
astronauts to the international space station. The launch is
scheduled for 6:51 p.m. Eastern Time, but forecasters warn there's
a 60 percent chance Mother Nature will stand in the way.
The shuttle was grounded yesterday when storm clouds rolled in,
forcing NASA to scrub the launch nine minutes from blast off.
NASA has until tomorrow, and possibly Wednesday, to launch
Endeavour with a piece of Japan's space station lab.
Endeavour is carrying the final segment of the $1 billion lab,
named Kibo, or Hope. It's a porch for experiments that need to be
exposed to space.
The shuttle's also carrying hundreds of pounds of food for the
space station's six residents.