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May 16 Now Earliest Date For Endeavour Launch 40

Bad news for anyone camped out in Florida waiting to get a glimpse of the long-expected, oft-delayed launch of the shuttle Endeavour: NASA has pushed the date of the launch back, to no earlier than May 16.
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May 16 Now Earliest Date For Endeavour Launch

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  • Not an accident. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CasualFriday ( 1804992 ) on Saturday May 07, 2011 @03:04AM (#36054958) Homepage
    I spent the first 20 years of my life on the space coast. I'd just like to say that I don't believe these delays are accidental at all. From the stories I've heard about people who work for NASA, United Space Alliance, EG&G, etc., I don't doubt for a second that the people working at KSC are extending these launches as much as possible. I was raised in Titusville, a town that HEAVILY depends on the space program and the tourism it brings. When a launch happens, the population instantly goes up from 40,000 to probably 400,000+. When a scrub happens, half of those people don't just say "oh well" and go home. They hang out for a long time. I was working at the KSC Visitor's Center when one of the launches got scrubbed in 2009. This British guy asked me how long it would be delayed and I sadly told him almost two weeks. He wasn't even phased, just immediately asked me if I knew a good extended stay hotel in the area. Now, for places like Titusville, those launch-campers pump millions of dollars into the economy every launch day, and having them hang out for two weeks is just icing.
  • There goes a $100M (Score:5, Interesting)

    by savuporo ( 658486 ) on Saturday May 07, 2011 @03:05AM (#36054962)
    Im just reposting this from elsewhere but .. as Shuttle program costs around $200M a month, this delay just cost [] NASA around $100M. Other people have built large companies for that money ..

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