Update: A plan to launch the space shuttle Endeavour on Monday has been scrubbed, and a new launch likely will not come before the end of the week at the earliest, officials said Sunday.
The Endeavour shuttle is slated to lift off Friday at 3:47 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Now that you have your NASA TV for Windows Media Center installed on your PC, you’ll be able to watch the live feed.
In its cargo bay, Endeavour will carry the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. At $1.5 billion, it is the most expensive piece of equipment a space shuttle has ever carried.
The AMS is designed to capture space particles like antimatter and dark matter which scientists know very little about but believe exist in the universe. The AMS will be mounted outside the International Space Station. If it’s successful, it could lead to a better understanding of how our universe began and evolved.
Endeavour has logged more than 103 million miles in space, blasting off 24 times, but its 25th flight will be its last.
As NASA’s shuttle program winds down with the last launch scheduled this summer, many in the astronaut corps are wrestling with what to do next. For the foreseeable future, Russian rockets will be the only way for U.S. astronauts to get to space.