In this Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 file picture, the space shuttle Endeavour is transported from the Orbital Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building where the orbiter will be connected to the external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Spaceflight managers gathered Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center and set April 29, 2011 as the launch date for Endeavour's final voyage.
Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:04 pm
Updated: 1:44 pm, Wed Apr 20, 2011.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight
is set to begin late next week.
Spaceflight managers gathered Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center in
Florida and set April 29 as the launch date for Endeavour's final
The two-week mission will be led by Mark Kelly, the astronaut
husband of wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He is awaiting
doctors' permission for his wife to attend the launch.
Giffords was shot three months ago in Tucson.
Endeavour will fly to the International Space Station. The crew
of six will deliver a $2 billion particle physics experiment.
Liftoff time is 3:47 p.m. It will be the 134th shuttle mission
overall and the 25th for Endeavour, NASA's youngest shuttle.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:04 pm.
Updated: 1:44 pm.