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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Final Two Flights



WASHINGTON -- NASA is targeting approximately 4:33 p.m. EDT on Nov. 1 for the launch of space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission and 4:19 p.m. EST on Feb. 26, 2011, for the liftoff of shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The target dates were adjusted because critical payload hardware for STS-133 will not be ready in time to support the previously planned Sept. 16 launch. With STS-133 moving to November, STS-134 cannot fly as planned, so the next available launch window is in February 2011.

NASA will schedule the official launch date for each mission following the agency's Flight Readiness Reviews, which typically occur about two weeks prior to launches. All target launch dates are subject to change.
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NASA's Guenter Wendt, engineer at Cape Canaveral, dies at 85



MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — Guenter Wendt, the last man many U.S. astronauts saw before lift off, has died at his Florida home of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 86.

Wendt, an engineer who became known as the pad leader and controlled the "White Room," a sterile area that led to the spacecraft hatch, was known for his jovial yet disciplined care of the astronauts. He died Monday morning.

He came to Cape Canaveral in 1959 and worked on the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and shuttle launches.

His daughter Norma Wendt said her father was "extremely fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to make and be part of history."

Wendt retired in 1989 but recently traveled around the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 13.