Today saw the last flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Just under 9 hours ago the shuttle took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this video you can see Endeavours external tank fall away just like in our Chapter 9 animation “Escaping Earth”.
Below you can see the vapor trail the Shuttle left behind after its launch.
During the 16-day mission, Endeavour and its crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station. The AMS is a particle physics experiment which is designed to search for various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays.