Shuttle Mission STS-134, Endeavour’s Final Voyage

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.

Image Credit: NASA/Troy Cryder

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.

Simon

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