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CBS NEWS COVERAGE of Breaking Space News: 09:50 AM EDT, 05/01/11: NASA rules out Monday launch try; avionics swap-out ordered

CBS NEWS Coverage of Breaking Space News 09:50 AM EDT, 05/01/11: NASA rules out Monday launch try; avionics swap-out ordered By WILLIAM HARWOOD CBS News Engineers have traced an electrical problem blamed for grounding the shuttle Endeavour Friday to an avionics box in the ship's engine compartment, officials said Sunday. Replacing the box will delay launch past Monday, but NASA managers have not yet determined when another attempt might be possible. An Air Force Atlas 5 rocket carrying a missile early warning satellite is scheduled for launch May 6 with a second day available as a backup. NASA cannot launch Endeavour between May 5 and 7 because the Air Force Eastern Range, which provides tracking and telemetry support for all rockets launched from the East Coast, needs 24 hours between missions to reconfigure equipment. Whether the Air Force might agree to delay the Atlas launch to make way for Endeavour is not yet known, but work to replace and retest the avi