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Space Shuttle Endeavour Moves to Launch Pad


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour completed a 3.4-mile journey to launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday shortly after 3 a.m. EDT.

After a one-day weather delay, Endeavour left Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building at 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, traveling at less than 1 mph atop a massive crawler-transporter. While at the pad, the shuttle will undergo final testing, payload installation and a “hot fire” test of auxiliary power units. After final testing, the rotating service structure will be moved around the vehicle to protect it from the elements.

Endeavour is targeted to lift off Aug. 7 on an 11-day STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour’s crew includes Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charlie Hobaugh and mission specialists Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Barbara Morgan, Alvin Drew and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dave Williams.

The crew is due to arrive at Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility at approximately 7 p.m. on July 16 to participate in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, a launch dress rehearsal. Media interested in attending should arrive at Kennedy’s press site by 5:30 p.m. for transportation to the facility.

Video file of rollout will be available on NASA Television. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:


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