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CBS NEWS : Coverage of Breaking Space News

CBS NEWS 6:40 AM EDT, 04/29/11: Shuttle fueling begins; weather 70 percent 'go' for launch By WILLIAM HARWOOD CBS News Thunderstorms pounded Florida's Space Coast late Thursday, delaying work to ready the shuttle Endeavour for blastoff Friday afternoon. But the storms passed, a protective gantry was retracted and engineers began pumping rocket fuel into the ship's external tank on schedule to set the stage for the orbiter's 25th and final flight. "Launch teams are not working any issues right now that would prevent us from launching on time at 3:47 p.m. Eastern today," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said just before fueling began. "Currently, forecasters are calling for a 70 percent of good weather for this afternoon's launch." The protective rotating service structure was pulled away from Endeavour just before midnight, nearly five hours later than planned because of thunderstorms from an approaching cold front. Working th