NASA counts down toward Saturday shuttle launch

Jun 10, 2009 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

(AP) -- NASA is counting down toward the weekend launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

The countdown clocks began ticking Wednesday morning. Endeavour is slated to blast off Saturday on a space station construction mission. Forecasters put the odds of good launch weather at 90 percent.

The flight comes less than three weeks after NASA's last trip involving the successful overhaul of the Hubble Space Telescope. The highlight of this 16-day mission will be the completion of a huge Japanese lab.

It will mark the first time 13 people are together in space at the same time. Six people now live at the space station; they will be visited by seven shuttle astronauts.

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Dash323
not rated yet Jun 10, 2009
According to Wikipedia, (List of spaceflight records) 13 people were in space at the same time from March 14, 1995 to March 18, 1995.
dajobe
not rated yet Jun 12, 2009
It is worth noting that although the headline for this article is "NASA counts down toward Saturday shuttle launch" the author fails to give the launch TIME. I don't believe it was because the author was running out of room.