NASA hopes for Wednesday shuttle launch

Cape Canaveral (FL) – There is a 60% chance that Endeavour will liftoff to its STS-127 mission on Wednesday, NASA said.

If the weather forecast holds, the space shuttle will launch at 6:03 pm EDT. NASA said that the 60% chance  is an improvement over the previous two launch attempts. Tries on Sunday and Monday both failed when bad weather approached the launch area.

The Mission Management Team will meet Wednesday at 8 am to approve the fueling of Endeavour’s external fuel tank. If the managers give the launch a go, fueling operations will begin at 8:30 am, NASA said.

Endeavour’s 16-day STS-127 mission to the International Space Station will feature five spacewalks and allow astronauts to complete the construction of Japan’s Kibo laboratory. Endeavour crew members are expected to assist with the installation of a platform outside the Japanese module that will facilitate the safe exposure of experiments in space.