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The Final Launch Of The Space Shuttle Endeavour From Cape Canaveral

Today marks the last launch for the Space Shuttle Endeavour. NASA will soon be using a completely different capsule style craft in the near future.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Endeavour rocketed into space Monday morning from Kennedy Space Center, led by mission commander Mark Kelly on the final mission for the youngest vehicle in the space fleet.

Over 6 million pounds of thrust from the shuttle’s rocket booster carried Endeavour into orbit, at speeds of up to 19,000 miles per hour, for an expected meeting with the International Space Station on Wednesday.

“It’s incredible how you can see this machine hurled into space like the fastest fastball ever thrown, going to Mach 25 — 25 times the speed of sound — and it’s an incredible race to orbit,” former NASA astronaut Tom Jones told Fox News.

“It’s one of the greatest physical sensations an human can experience,” he added.

Just before launching, commander Mark Kelly made some patriotic remarks: “It’s in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. We must not stop. To all the millions watching today, including our spouses, children, family and friends, we thank you for your support.”


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