Update: The shuttle launched successfully at 8:56 a.m.
Original report: A little more than two weeks after technical problems delayed the launch, the space shuttle Endeavour is ready to go. Despite some minor damage to the ship’s crew hatch, all systems are go for the 8:56 a.m. launch.
Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori are preparing for the 16-day mission — the final one for Endeavour.
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