Space shuttle launch is set for Saturday

The Associated PressJune 12, 2009 

— NASA managers have given a unanimous "go" to Saturday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

On Thursday, mission managers cleared Endeavour for its flight to the International Space Station. The weather outlook is about as good as it gets, forecasters say, because of an early morning launch time.

Endeavour and its crew of seven will deliver the final piece of Japan's $1 billion space station lab, an outdoor shelf for experiments. The astronauts also will attach some big spare parts outside the orbiting outpost, replace aging batteries and perform other maintenance. Five spacewalks are planned.

The seven shuttle fliers will join six men already at the space station for close to two weeks. It will be the first time 13 people are together in space at one time.

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