Thunder, lightning, amidst golf ball sized hail; Fri Launch prepped to go... And I mean go!

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

NOTE: There's hard failure in that heater string in one auxiliary power unit; resulting in a faulty thermostat… With another heater displaying inconsistencies… The team worked hard, but...
This Endeavour should be scrapped... For another today.

-NASA crews inspected Endeavour; no damage (then)...
Endeavour had been unveiled from the cocoon-like service gantry for Friday afternoon's blastoff.
-Live Stream at: Spaceflight NOW [View]

-ht: Neil Armstrong;

This is why we're not out to see the shuttle RSS retract right now

Thunder & lightning (39a)
Pic (l) screenshot:
-Full image: NASA's Bill Ingalls

Update: Final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, has been moved from Friday, April 29 at 3:47 p.m. EDT, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla...
-Spaceflight NOW [Links]

(w/out sound)

During the 14-day mission, Endeavour and the STS-134 crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for Dextre.

Today's Links...
Neil Armstrong
Lots of thunder and lightning at KSC right now, further delaying ; RSS retraction. Nothing! ; 1 hour ago

Watching lightning over space shuttle Endeavour.
A serious storm cell pushing out into the Atlantic now.
2 hours ago &#xb7

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