Endeavour's Final Launch is Friday Afternoon
April 28, 2011 — All systems appear to be “go” for the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s 25th and final launch this Friday, April 29, at 3:47 p.m. EDT. The 14-day STS-134 mission to the International Space Station will deliver a particle physics detector - the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) – that will measure cosmic rays to search for various types of unusual matter, such as dark matter and antimatter. Endeavour will also deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired from service.
The crew includes Commander Mark Kelly; Pilot Greg H. Johnson; NASA Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Andrew Feustel, and Greg Chamitoff; and European Space Agency Mission Specialist Roberto Vittori.
Kelly’s wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived a gunshot to the brain in January, will be on hand to see her husband launched into space. President Obama will also be on hand, only the second time a sitting U.S. president has witnessed a shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
STS-134 is the 134th shuttle mission - the 36th to the ISS. To learn more, click here.