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Shuttle mission to repair space station set for launch

Seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle space shuttle, reusable U.S. space vehicle. Developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it consists of a winged orbiter, two solid-rocket boosters, and an external tank.  Endeavour looked set for launch to the International Space Station on Friday on a 15-day mission to double the orbiter's storage capacity.

"Everything looks good, the weather is cooperating, there are no processing issues (and) we expect a go for tanking at 10:15 am and a launch at 7:55 pm tonight" (0055 Saturday GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) See UTC.

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Tanking -- filling the external fuel reservoir -- is a clear sign preparations for launch are in their home stretch. The operation to pump two million liters (530,000 gallons) of mostly super-cooled, liquid hydrogen into the reservoir was expected to take three hours.

The 27th shuttle flight to the orbiting space station and the fourth and final shuttle mission for 2008 is scheduled for liftoff during a 10-minute window at launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, Florida This article is about the city of Cape Canaveral, Florida. For the site neighboring the Kennedy Space Center, see Cape Canaveral.
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If the launch has to be delayed an additional 24 hours, for any reason, there would be only a 30 percent chance for favorable weather conditions, Cape Canaveral meteorologist Kathy Winters told reporters Thursday.

"Endeavour is ready, the crew is ready and the MMT MMT Million Metric Tons
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 (mission management team) gives a go for proceeding today," pre-launch preparation manager LeRoy Cain told a press conference on Wednesday.

Countdown for the mission began Tuesday at 9:30 pm (0230 GMT Wednesday).

The Endeavour's mission, launching nearly 10 years to the day since a shuttle crew first began constructing the International Space Station on November 20, 1998, will repair the station's power-generating solar arrays and expand its living quarters to accommodate bigger crews.

"This mission is all about home improvement," shuttle commander Chris Ferguson, 47, said Tuesday. "Home improvement inside and outside the station."

"Right now everything is going on track for (shuttle mission) STS-126 for Endeavour and looking good for a Friday night liftoff," Leinback said.

If the mission should fail to launch by November 25, it would have to be postponed until January, Cain said.
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