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Monday, May 16, 2011

Space shuttle Endeavour launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on her final voyage to the International Space Station, on May 16, 2011.
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ENDEAVOUR’S FINAL ACT... Earlier this morning, NASA’s youngest space shuttle orbiter took off on her final mission to install a large physics experiment known as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station (ISS). Endeavour will dock with the ISS this Wednesday...and the crew of STS-134 will embark on its main objectives for this flight before heading back home on June 1st. Here’s hoping that the mission is extremely successful, and that Endeavour safely returns to Earth more than 2 weeks from now. ‘Cause after that, she will be prepped at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for her trip to Los Angeles next year...where Endeavour will find her final retirement home at the California Science Center. Can’t wait to pay a visit after she gets there.

As seen onboard a passing airliner, space shuttle Endeavour emerges from a cloud deck after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on her final voyage to the International Space Station, on May 16, 2011.
Stefanie Gordon

Below are construction photos of Endeavour, courtesy of Space.com. Visit that website for more pics.

Construction photos of space shuttle Endeavour.
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Construction photos of space shuttle Endeavour.
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Construction photos of space shuttle Endeavour.
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Construction photos of space shuttle Endeavour.
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Construction photos of space shuttle Endeavour.
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Space shuttle Endeavour is unveiled to the public in Palmdale, California, on April 25, 1991.
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Space shuttle Endeavour is unveiled to the public in Palmdale, California, on April 25, 1991.
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