Endeavour Set for Saturday Liftoff



Space shuttle Endeavour is ready to carry seven astronauts and a key piece of the Japanese laboratory complex to the International Space Station.

The countdown for Saturday’s launch at 7:17 a.m. EDT remains on schedule. The launch pad’s rotating service structure was rolled away at 11 a.m. today, revealing Endeavour poised for liftoff. The mission management team will meet at 9:15 p.m. to give the “go/no-go” to begin loading the shuttle’s external tank with propellants. If the go-ahead is given, the loading process, called “tanking,” is scheduled to start at 9:52 p.m.