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NASA Won't Scuttle Shuttle Launch for Royal Wedding

NASA(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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This Kate Middleton Isn't 'Attracted to Prince William at All'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CONCORD, Mass.) -- Kate Middleton wants everyone to know that she's not being fitted for a wedding dress, or going to any rehearsal dinner. Indeed, she isn't getting married at all.

No, Kate Middleton of Concord, Mass., isn't getting married April 29. Instead, she'll be going to her regular day job selling bikes and hosting spin classes at Ata Cycle west of Boston. The other Kate Middleton is still fully expected to go through with her fairy tale wedding to Prince William.

The Massachusetts Middleton discovered six years ago that she shared a name with another -- more famous -- Kate when she applied for a job. "I got a call back and the person said I didn't know you dated Prince William. I said I didn't know that either," said Middleton, who promptly googled her name and read a slew of articles about Kate Middleton's romance with Prince William.

Things died down for a few years and the Boston-area Middleton largely forgot about the British one until the Royal couple announced their engagement in November. "After that it really snowballed," Middleton said. "I got all these followers on my Twitter account @ATaCycleK8. My co-workers have started to tell people I've gone out for tea if people ask for me at the cycle shop. And my new nickname is Spinderella."

The whole thing become a little tiresome recently when Facebook shut down her account because they accused her of using a false name. The social media company also removed all the photos tagged with her name. "They kind of erased me a bit so I had to tell them I have no affiliation with that lady in England but my legal name really is Kate Middleton," she said.

After some back and forth with Facebook, her account is now back up and running so she can continue to post photos of her dogs online. And her friends have encouraged her to use the notoriety in a positive way.

To that end, Middleton has signed up for a 175-mile charity bike ride from Boston to Provincetown to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. Her goal is to raise $10,000 and, if she does, Middleton promises to ride the whole way in a wedding dress in tandem with a Prince William look-alike.

And, for the record, no, there is no Prince William or Prince Charming in her life. And, yes, she is looking. "Of course, I have aspirations to meet my Prince Charming," Middleton said, "but I'm not attracted to Prince William at all."

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Scheduling Conflict Pushes Shuttle Launch to Royal Wedding Date

BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have never met Prince William and his bride, Kate Middleton, but they may well meet in the headlines on April 29. A delay by NASA means the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by Capt. Kelly, is now scheduled for the same day as the royal wedding.

NASA realized over the weekend that it faced a traffic jam, even in the void of space 200 miles above the Earth's surface. The shuttle launch -- already pushed back from February -- had been set for April 19, but NASA managers decided after a Sunday meeting not to try.

On April 27, the Russians are scheduled to launch a Progress supply ship to the space station, and on Sunday they told their American counterparts they could not delay it. Some of its cargo is perishable.

If Endeavour had tried to launch on the 19th, and delayed just a few days, it might still have been docked to the station when the Russian Progress ship arrived. NASA has rules about having a remote-controlled cargo ship dock with the station while a space shuttle is also there, so rather than press their luck, they decided to wait 10 days.

For anyone following both events, there will be breathing room between them. The wedding ceremony begins at 11 a.m. London time (6 a.m. in Florida), and the launch is scheduled for 3:47 p.m. EDT (8:47 p.m. London time).

Of course, the shuttle launch is getting extra attention because Kelly almost had to give up his chance to fly because of the injuries to his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered a brain injury in the January shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Kelly decided, after several weeks of uncertainty, that she was recovering well enough that he could command the mission.

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