(AP) - NASA officials are optimistic the weather will cooperate for this evening's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour with a Minnesota astronaut aboard.
Conditions are at 70 percent for the launch at 6:55 p.m. Minnesota time.
St. Paul native Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper will be the lead spacewalker for a repair job that needs to be done on the space station's solar panels. She'll go on three of the four scheduled spacewalks.
Stefanyshn-Piper is a graduate of Derham Hall high school and is making her second shuttle flight.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke wih NASA spokesman Michael Curie about the mission.