Monday, April 25, 2011

Space Shuttle Endeavor Will Launch this Friday for the Last Time

The Space Shuttle Endeavor is scheduled to make its final flight into space this Friday, with a launch scheduled for 3:47 p.m. This is also the second to last launch for the space shuttle, as NASA is bringing the space shuttle program to an end after more than 30 years.

Commanding this mission will be Captain Mark Kelly of the U.S. Navy. His wife, wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, will be in attendance to watch this historic launch. Joining her at Cape Canaveral will be President Barack Obama, several other members of Congress, and an estimated 40,000 other spectators.

Needless to say, I will be glued to my television set this Friday afternoon for this space shuttle launch. Every launch is impressive, in my opinion. This one, however, will be extra special because Ms. Giffords's ordeal following her shooting in Tuscon this past January and the fact that this will be the last launch for Endeavor.

Godspeed to the Endeavor and her crew.

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