Space Shuttle Endeavour Back in the Shop

Space Shuttle Back in the Shop

To the disappointment of First Space Fan Barack Obama, NASA scrubbed the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Friday afternoon. The 20-year-old spacecraft has some sort of electrical malfunction in the two heaters in auxiliary power unit 1. Or maybe it’s the carburetor.

The Endeavour was kind of jalopy to begin with, anyway. It was cobbled together out of spare parts from the 1984-model Discovery and 1985 Atlantis space shuttles.


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2 Responses to “Space Shuttle Endeavour Back in the Shop”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “Why It Scrubbed: NASA Engineers Troubleshoot Endeavour’s Electrical Problems,” George Musser, Scientific American

  2. China’s Space Station « NotionsCapital Says:

    […] The Chinese man-in-space effort began ten years ago, and boasted its first space walk during the 2008 Shenzhou-7 mission. Meanwhile, in Florida, the antiquated Endeavour Space Shuttle is back in the shop. […]

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