Monday, February 8, 2010

Endeavour launches towards space station

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Space shuttle Endeavour is rocketing toward the space station on one of the shuttle program's final scheduled missions.

Endeavour and its crew of 6 blasted off early Monday at 4:14 a.m. ET.

The pre-dawn launch was the final one in darkness if the rest of the shuttle schedule holds. Only four more shuttle flights are left over.

Endeavour is carrying a latest room for the International Space Station and an observation deck. These are the last major pieces for the orbiting complex.

The shuttle is scheduled to attain the Space Station Wednesday. Its flight was delayed a day by cloudy weather.

The Obama administration has yet to offer specifics on what happens after the last mission this fall. NASA's back-to-the-moon Constellation program is a casualty under the president's latest budget plan.


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