Sunday, July 12, 2009

Space Shuttle Endeavor Set To Launch After Lightning Strike

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) -- NASA began preparing for a launch of space shuttle Endeavour on Sunday, a day after liftoff was postponed over concerns of possible effects from a lightning storm.

External tank fueling began just before 10 a.m. Sunday, with a planned launch time of 7:13 p.m., NASA said.

"The forecast is 70 percent 'go' for liftoff," the space agency said on its Web site.

Endeavour had been scheduled to take off at 7:39 p.m. Saturday.

Eleven lightning strikes hit within a half-mile of the launch pad Friday night, Mike Moses, the space shuttle program integration manager, told reporters Saturday.

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