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Posted: 9:33 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2011
By AP, Rich Jones
Jacksonville, FL —
NASA has called off Friday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour because of a technical problem.
It's a disappointment to the thousands of spectators who made the trip to the Kennedy Space Center.
But it also could prevent President Obama and the first family from attending the launch.
Commander Mark Kelly and his crew were on their way to the launch pad, when NASA halted the countdown.
The astronauts' van did a U-turn, and returned the astronauts to crew quarters. NASA spokesman George Dillard says the next try will be Sundayat the earliest.NASA reported earlier that two heaters on an auxiliary power unit were not working. Engineers could not understand the problem,and the launch was halted. Kelly is married to wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. She is already in Cape Canaveral.
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