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Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett -- The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to being launch preparations today May 12, 2011

Photo Gallery: Endeavour ready for launch again

Efforts are underway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to launch the shuttle  Endeavour for the second time in less than a month.  Endeavour was set to liftoff on its final journey into space with a lot of fanfare and hoopla April 29, but the mission was scrubbed due to a technical glitch. The heaters of one of the shuttle’s generators failed. The malfunction has been fixed, and Endeavour is ready to fly. The flight crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center today to begin the preps for launch. They are Commander Mark Kelly, Mission Specialist... Read More →

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Photo: NASA TV -- Today Astronaut Mark Kelly talked about his decision to lead a space mission in April.

Wounded congresswoman’s hubby to command space shuttle mission

The trip dilemma has been hanging in the air since Captain Mark Kelly’s wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) was shot in the head last month. Kelly had to decide whether to stay with his recuperating wife or be the commander of Endeavour’s last flight into space in this spring.  “Things fell into place and she improved very fast, so the decision became easier over time,” Kelly said today. “I know my wife very well and I know what she would want, so that makes the decision easier.” Kelly talked about his decision to command Endeavour’s final space journey during... Read More →

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