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LUIS COULD LOUSE UP ENDEAVOUR’S LAUNCH PLANS

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With Hurricane Luis looming in the Atlantic, NASA on Tuesday prepared space shuttle Endeavour for a possible retreat from the launch pad as weather threatened to further delay this week's liftoff.

Even if the powerful hurricane avoids Florida's east coast, shuttle weather officer Ed Priselac said he expects only a 40 percent chance of favorable conditions for the scheduled 11:09 a.m. Thursday launch."It looks pretty dicey," Priselac said Tuesday morning.

Shuttle test director Bill Dowdell said managers will decide Wednesday whether to return Endeavour to the hangar for protection against the hurricane's damaging winds. Endeavour had to be moved from the pad to the hangar in early August for protection against the much-weaker Hurricane Erin.