CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA technicians at Kennedy Space Center are waiting for the weather to calm so they can take a close look at Shuttle Endeavour.
A storm early yesterday evening brought lightning, hail and wind gusts of up to 90 miles per hour. Today, at least two funnel clouds were reported. An agency spokesman says the shuttle's external fuel tank suffered minore damage to its foam insulation.
Endeavour is scheduled to make its final flight on April 19.
Shuttle commander Mark Kelly said today he's still waiting for the blessing of doctors to bring his wounded wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, to the launch. Giffords has been recovering at a Houston facility after being shot in the head more than two months ago at an event in Tucson.
Among the preparations Kelly is juggling is who will stand in for him at the traditional prelaunch party for his guests. He said today his twin astronaut brother Scott could fill in. Scott Kelly recently returned from a five-month stay on the International Space Station.