Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Space Shuttle Poised for Night Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour was poised for a rare nighttime launch Tuesday to the international space station and the longest visit ever to the orbiting outpost.

All seven astronauts gave a thumbs-up as they boarded the van for the ride to the launch pad late Monday. "All right, here we go!" said commander Dominic Gorie. "Wooo!" shouted his co-pilot, Gregory Johnson.

As the astronauts strapped into their spaceship, Launch Control radioed, "Looks like a great night to go into space."

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