(HOUSTON) -- When NASA rescheduled the launch of shuttle Endeavour, the penultimate flight of the shuttle program, for April 29, all they were looking at was the mission. Maybe they should have looked at the tabloids, too.
April 29 is, of course, when the royal wedding takes place across the pond -- the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
Endeavour was supposed to have lifted off April 19 but the date was pushed back ten days.
Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for space operations, acknowledged, "I didn't realize when the wedding was when we moved the launch date."
The NASA official said various things are weighed when making plans for launch, including technical, weather and international space agency constraints. He then added, "I haven't yet put on our manifest charts 'wedding constraints' so we did not factor that in."
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