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NASA countdown on track for Sunday shuttle launch

world Updated: Feb 04, 2010 22:50 IST
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NASA is counting down toward Sunday's launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

The countdown clocks began ticking early on Thursday. Endeavour and a crew of six are all set to deliver a new room to the International Space Station. They're also taking up a dome with seven windows that will serve as an unprecedented lookout. Forecasters put the odds of good weather at 70 per cent. Launch time is 4:39 am.

The astronauts will be working the graveyard shift during the 13-day mission. Everything _ all three spacewalks, and the docking and undocking of the shuttle _ will take place late at night or in the wee hours.

This will be the last major construction mission at the space station, which is almost complete.