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NASA Clears Endeavour's Final Voyage for Monday


In this April 29, 2011 file photo, space shuttle Endeavour is seen on Pad 39A moments after launch was scrubbed because of technical problems at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA will try again next Monday, May 16. 2011 to launch Endeavour on the next-to-last space shuttle flight, after replacing a switch box and plugging in new electrical wiring. (AP/File)

NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight is set to blast off Monday morning.

Mission managers gave the green light Saturday for the final voyage of Endeavour. Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 70 percent.

Endeavour will fly to the International Space Station under the command of astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of recuperating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She will be at Cape Canaveral for this second launch attempt.

Late last month, an electrical problem in Endeavour's engine compartment halted the initial countdown. A switch box and faulty thermostat were replaced.

Six veteran spacemen are assigned to the 16-day flight.

Only one other shuttle mission remains. Atlantis will soar one last time in July.