Monday, February 28, 2011

Space shuttle Endeavour heads to VAB

Space shuttle Endeavour today moved closer to its own final launch date.

Endeavour began rolling from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building around 7 a.m. this morning at Kennedy Space Center.

Once inside the VAB, Endeavour will be attached to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

Endeavour, which will be commanded by astronaut Mark Kelly, is targeting an April 19 launch. It will deliver spare parts and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a large particle physics experiment, to the outpost.

Meanwhile, shuttle Discovery remains docked to the International Space Station today, when astronauts will carry out the first of two planned spacewalks.

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