Last week I showed you HERE some fantastic photos, courtesy of Steven Hunt, of Space Shuttle Discovery's final lift-off before being retired. Today, I have another treat for you. My wonderful cousin, Steven, has allowed me to use his photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour being readied for its final mission.
Endeavour is the youngest of the of the space shuttle fleet. It is scheduled for an April 19 launch from Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour is slated for a 14-day mission which will include four space walks. Its main goal is to deliver a $1.5 billion astrophysics experiment called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station. The spectrometer will be used to study cosmic rays and to search for anitmatter.
Endeavour was constructed to replace Challenger and flew its first mission in May, 1992. It is named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship that took Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery in 1768. This is why it is spelled in the British English manner instead of the American English spelling, Endeavor.
Endeavour's crew will be lead by Commander Mark Kelly. You may recall Mark Kelly's wife, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was seriously wounded in a Tucson, Arizona shooting where several others were killed. Miraculously, she is making great strides and hopes to attend Endeavour's final launch.
- 24 Missions
- 4,429 Orbits
- 280 Days in orbit
- Mark Kelly, Commander
- Gregory Johnson, Pilot
- Michael Fincke, Mission Specialist
- Greg Chamitoff, Mission Specialist
- Andrew Feustel, Mission Specialist
- Roberto Vittori, European Space Agency Astronaut
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!