NASA delays launch date for space shuttle Endeavour

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Posted: Apr 04, 2011 11:23 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA said on Monday it is delaying the launch of space shuttle Endeavour to April 29 from April 19 because of a scheduling conflict at the International Space Station.

The shuttle will be delivering a $2 billion particle detector called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to be mounted outside the space station in the second-to-last mission for NASA's shuttle program.

NASA pushed back the launch date to avoid having the mission overlap with the arrival of a Russian cargo ship to the station.

(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Kevin Gray and Sandra Maler)