NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches For Its Final Mission

Endeavour May Launch

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched  the historic last flight of space shuttle Endeavour from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida  for the STS-134, 16-day mission, to the International Space Station.

The shuttle with its six crew members lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at 8:56 a.m. EDT on May 16 to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), Express Logistics Carrier-3, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for the Dextre robotic helper.

“This mission represents the power of teamwork, commitment and exploration,” Commander Mark Kelly said shortly before liftoff. “It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. We must not stop. To all the millions watching today including our spouses, children, family and friends, we thank you for your support.”

Kelly’s crewmates are Pilot Greg H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Drew Feustel, Greg Chamitoff and Roberto Vittori of the European Space Agency.

Endeavour is scheduled to dock to the ISS at 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday and its first landing opportunity at Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 2:32 a.m. on June 1.

Image Credit: NASA