Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Departure, Fleet’s Penultimate

Today marked the day of NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour’s final launch and the current fleet’s penultimate departure. Atlantis will be the last of the present line of shuttles to launch one last time, lifting off in July. Endeavour’s departure arrives after being rescheduled twice, the last delay just two weeks ago.

The flight, which took off in Cape Canaveral, Florida also marked NASA’s 134th. It was previously delayed due to concerns over an auxiliary power unit heater. The mission for Endeavour’s six man crew lasts 16 days and they are to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

During the launch there were few problems and they included the view not being great for which Mike Moses apologized for in jest and a tile needed repairing. These problems were minor and handled perfectly.

According to the article at NASA an award is given out after every launch, the award is meant to honor one of the many teams involved in a successful liftoff. This award went to the APU test/repair team. Mike Leinbach is the person who decides who wins the award.

You can see more details about the Endeavour launch by clicking the link above. Did you witness the launch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.



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