NASA launches Endeavour STS-134, last mission in space (live video)

By on May 16, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour has been finally launched on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8:56 a.m. EDT, and will be heading for its last mission in space, as shown in the live video below.

NASA launches Endeavour STS-134
Image Credit: NASA Twitter

Endeavour STS-134 took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with injured but recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as among the audience who cheered for her husband, Mark Kelly, the ship’s commander.

As reported on NASA’s live blog, this will be the last mission of Endeavour and apparently its 25th journey in space. After its return, Endeavour will be displayed in Los Angeles at the California Science Center.

According to NASA, Endeavour, which will be on a 16-day mission in space, carried the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer which is reportedly worth $2 billion; and spare parts loaded in a pallet to the International Space Station.

Assuming no problem will be encountered, the historic Endeavour will be back on Earth on June 1, 2011 at around 2:30 a.m. (EDT), with its pilot Greg Johnson and four other astronauts namely Mike Fincke, Roberto Vittori, Drew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff.

Endeavour’s launch was supposed to be on April 29, but was postponed due to a hydraulic system glitch. US President Barack Obama and his family, who arrived that day did not attended Monday’s event.

NASA launches Endeavour STS-134
Live Videos Credit: Ustream

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