Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2009 5:11 PM CDT
Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Space shuttle Endeavour and seven astronauts are on their way to the international space station after more than a month's delay. The shuttle blasted off about 6pm, hauling up a veranda for Japan's space station lab. It was NASA's sixth attempt to launch Endeavour after a series of gas leaks and thunderstorms. The launch fell on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the liftoff for man's first moon landing.

Shuttle commander Mark Polansky and his crew will reach the space station Friday. Five spacewalks are planned to hook up the new porch for the Japanese lab and perform other station work. The flight will last 16 days.