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launch of the euro automated transfer vehicle for the iss

Arianespace Flight ATV: launch delayed by 24 hours.

In order to allow additional checks on the Automated Launch Vehicle Jules Verne, Arianespace and ESA have decided to postpone the launch by 24 hours.

The launch is now scheduled during the night of Saturday, March 8 to Sunday, March 9, 2008:

GMT: 3:59 am on March 9, 2008.

PARIS: 4:59 am on March 9, 2008.

KOUROU: 0:59 am on March 9, 2008.

MOSCOW: 6:59 am on March 9, 2008.

Follow the launch live on the internet:


Live webcasting start 20 minutes before lift-off.

Video streaming will be available in RealMedia and WindowsMedia formats.

March 3, 2008

With the launch officially set for March 11 at 2:28 a.m. EDT, space shuttle Endeavour is going through its final checks and closeouts.

All pre-launch propellant servicing and troubleshooting was successfully completed on Friday and orbiter aft closeouts continued through Monday.

The STS-123 astronauts are training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston for the 16-day flight, which will encompass five spacewalks, making this the longest shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

On Monday, mission managers, flight controllers and the STS-123 crew talked with media about the flight before heading into the home stretch of launch preparations.

Endeavour's seven astronauts are expected to arrive at Kennedy, Friday at 9 p.m. EST.

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