Retirement of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Yesterday the Space Shuttle Endeavour landed, returning from its final mission into space.  This year marks the final year for NASA’s Space shuttle program.

Space Shuttle Endeavour launched for its final time May 16, 2011 after a two week delay.  It returned to Earth yesterday and will retire at California Science Center in Los Angeles.  The Endeavour had an illustrious career.  Here are some interesting facts about Endeavour:

-Is the youngest of all the Space Shuttles, first launching in 1992, and was built to replace Challenger

-the Endeavour was named by students as a nationwide competition in 1988 and is named for the ship used by explorer James Cook

-Endeavour was launched in 1993 to repair a nearly fatal flaw on the Hubble Space Telescope

-The first American companant of the Space Station was launched in 1998 on Endeavour

-the first African American woman in space, Mae Jemison, flew on Endeavour

-the first Japanese astronaut, Mamoru Mohri, flew aboard Endeavour

-the first married couple, Mark Lee and Jan Davis, flew on Endeavour

Endeavour will be missed by me and many other space aficionados, but there will be one final Space Shuttle launch this year.  Atlantis will close out the program when it launches on July 8.  I leave you with a picture of Endeavour’s final launch on May 16.

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