NASA: Endeavour shuttle launch delayed again Washington, (AFP) The launch of the US space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed for a third time, until at least May 16, NASA announced today.
"NASA managers met this afternoon and determined space shuttle Endeavour will launch no earlier than Monday, May 16 at 8:56 am EDT," the space agency said.
Technicians will continue to repair and retest the electric circuitry that caused NASA to postpone the launch on April 29 hours before liftoff, it said.
It is supposed to be the US space program's second-to-last shuttle flight to the International Space Station, followed by Atlantis in June. After that, the 30-year-old US shuttle program will end.
The glitch has been traced to a power problem in the aft load control assembly-2 (ALCA-2), a box of switches that control electrical flow to heaters that keep fuel lines from freezing in orbit.