NASA delays launch date for space shuttle Endeavour

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida Mon Apr 4, 2011 5:13pm EDT

1 of 2. Space shuttle Endeavour is prepared to be moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad 39A to prepare for Mission STS-134 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Florida March 10, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Joe Skipper

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA said on Monday it is delaying the launch of space shuttle Endeavour to April 29 from April 19 because of a scheduling conflict at the International Space Station.

The shuttle will be delivering a $2 billion particle detector called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to be mounted outside the space station in the second-to-last mission for NASA's shuttle program.

NASA pushed back the launch date to avoid having the mission overlap with the arrival of a Russian cargo ship to the station.

(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Kevin Gray and Sandra Maler)

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