NASA: Blown circuit found in shuttle fuse box

May 4, 2011 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer
In this photo provided by NASA,, the space shuttle Endeavour sits on Launch Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday, April 29, 2011. Friday's launch attempt was scrubbed due to a faulty power unit heater. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)

(AP) -- NASA says a switch box removed from space shuttle Endeavour has a blown circuit.

The repair work is taking longer than expected. That means Endeavour's on the next-to-last shuttle flight may face yet another delay. currently is targeting a launch for next Tuesday at the earliest.

Endeavour was supposed to blast off last Friday. But fuel-line heaters did not turn on during the final part of the countdown. The problem was traced to the switch box. A replacement was installed Wednesday, but more testing is needed.

Endeavour's final voyage is under the command of Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She plans to return to Florida once the launch is rescheduled.

Explore further: NASA: April 29 for next-to-last shuttle launch

More information: NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

0 shares

Related Stories

Countdown begins for next-to-last shuttle launch

April 26, 2011

(AP) -- The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords arrived at NASA's launch site Tuesday for this week's flight of space shuttle Endeavour, and said his wife would be following him "pretty soon" - in plenty ...

NASA: Endeavour's last launch delayed again

May 1, 2011

Space shuttle Endeavour's final launch is off until at least the end of the week because technicians need to replace a switch box in the engine compartment, NASA said Sunday.

Recommended for you

Will SETI's unprecedented new program finally find E.T.?

August 4, 2015

Stephen Hawking, Frank Drake and dozens of journalists gathered at the Royal Society in London last week to hear astronomers announce a ground-breaking new project to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life called "Breakthrough ...

Tracking a mysterious group of asteroid outcasts

August 4, 2015

High above the plane of our solar system, near the asteroid-rich abyss between Mars and Jupiter, scientists have found a unique family of space rocks. These interplanetary oddballs are the Euphrosyne (pronounced you-FROH-seh-nee) ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.