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Circumstances prevented the Endeavour deliver a unique record

July 14 2009
05:48

Planned and has been repeatedly postponed launch of U.S. space shuttle Endeavour's postponed again. The solution was announced by NASA in just a few minutes before the start of the countdown.

Prevented the launch of the weather. Experts decided not to risk it - dense storm clouds over the spaceport at Cape Canaveral as a threat to the ship, and for the crew. Launch rescheduled for tomorrow, although the weather forecast for Wednesday is also unfavorable.

With this mission, the shuttle will go into orbit six Americans - commander Mark Polansky, pilot Doug Hurley, specialists, Chris Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Dave Wolf, Tim Kopra and the only woman in the crew, Canadian Julie Piety. Astronaut Timothy Kopra will replace the ISS Japanese Koichi Wakata, who will return to Earth on the shuttle.

Recall that before the crew of Endeavour's task to deliver and install the ISS last segment of a Japanese research module Kibo, to instal a platform for long-term experiments in open space, bring spare parts for instruments and to conduct routine maintenance. The duration of the expedition is defined in 16 days, of which 11.5 days, astronauts will conduct at the ISS. During this mission, planned to spend five spacewalks.

If successful, the mission Endeavour's first time in history on board the ISS will be 13 persons simultaneously.

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