2597 Possible early return for Endeavour

Possible early return for Endeavour

The British government has warned citizens to not visit the Caribbean due to the approaching Hurricane Dean and now the space shuttle Endeavour could be moved forward by 24 hours due to the hurricane growing in strength in the Caribbean, a NASA official said.

Storms are categorized on a scale of 1 – 5 and Dean has intensified to a 4. It’s winds are now flying at 215 kilometres per hour.

US space officials are concerned that if the hurricane veers toward the Texas coast, where the Johnson Space Center is located, it could affect the spacecraft’s landing.

The shuttle is currently scheduled to return to earth on Wednesday.

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