Shuttle Go For Launch

NASA is set to launch Space Shuttle Endeavour this evening at the Kennedy Space Center. Here is Houston — flight control says everything is go for launch.
Today's shuttle mission STS-126 was in jeopardy earlier this week. The weather in Florida looked iffy and NASA officials contemplated rescheduling the launch.

But Johnson Space Center Spokesman John Ira Petty says that's no longer necessary.

"There can't be showers, for example, within 20 miles of the launch pad. And folks in Florida are keeping a good eye on that. We're watching the Trans-Atlantic abort sites as well as the potential sites for landing in the United States should one become necessary. And those are acceptable as well, so actually everything's looking pretty good."

The astronauts will spend most of the 15-day mission fixing a solar panel on the outside of the International Space Station.

"There are going to be four spacewalks on this flight. Three crewmembers will rotate, two will out at a time. They'll be working largely to repair a joint that causes the solar arrays to revolve and track the sun."

The six member crew is scheduled to launch tonight at 6:55 CST.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...