Further delay to Nasa’s final Endeavour shuttle mission

The final mission of Nasa’s Endeavour shuttle has been delayed further by a technical problem.

US space agency managers said the ship would not now lift off before 8 May.

It should have left Earth on Friday but has been held on the ground because of an electrical failure in a switchbox connected to a hydraulics power unit.

The youngest of America’s reusable spaceplanes is set to deliver a $2bn (£1.2bn) particle physics experiment to the International Space Station (ISS).

On Sunday, Nasa announced the repairs would be lengthy but could not state precisely how long it would take to get the orbiter in a position to make another launch attempt.

“We can tell you pretty much that it’s not going to be any earlier than the 8th,” explained Mike Moses, the chair of the mission management team.

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