USA — A minor brush fire that broke out just a few miles from the Florida launch pad that holds the space shuttle Endeavour won’t delay the spacecraft’s planned Friday liftoff, NASA officials say.
“It’s a brush fire,” NASA spokesperson Candrea Thomas told SPACE.com as smoke billowed from the fire about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) from Endeavour’s seaside pad. “We have our fair share out here. Fish and Wildlife Service is responding.”
While fire personnel respond to the fire, it is not expected to affect the launch preparations for Endeavour’s liftoff, which is scheduled for 3:57 p.m. EST (1947 GMT) on Friday from Pad 39A at the spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Fla.