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Welcome to MATH Magazine’s Numbers in the News! Each week we'll post a math question based on a current news story. Read and solve the question.

If you like, enter your answer in the Comments section. The first person to answer the question correctly has the honor of being our “Winner of the Week.” (We’ll reveal that person, and the correct answer, in that question’s Comments the following week.)

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Endeavour's Second Chance

Three weeks ago, we posted this news story about the final launch of the Endeavour space shuttle. Endeavour was supposed to take off on Friday, April 29 at 3:47 p.m. However, the launch was postponed because of a problem with a heater. The shuttle finally lifted off at 8:56 a.m. on Monday, May 16. (Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, wife of Endeavour's commander, Mark Kelly, was able to return to Florida to witness the launch.)

The mission is expected to last 15 days, 17 hours, and 34 minutes. How much longer in days, hours, and minutes was the delay than the length of the flight?

The delay was 23 hours and 25 minutes longer than the flight.

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