Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off for the last time

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Space Shuttle Endeavour has lifted off into space for the last time from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday (May 16th) morning at 8:56 am EST. The mission marked STS-134 will be succeeded by Space Shuttle Atlantis in July bringing the shuttle program to a close and opening new frontiers into space travel.

Packed along is a particle physics detector, an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2, several DoD (Department of Defence) experimental systems, a Canadarm2 computer and other supplies for the continued operation of the International Space Station (ISS). The mission also includes four planned space walks.

When Endeavour touches down on 24th May at Kennedy Shuttle Landing Facility, it would have flown 25 missions and make its final journey to a science museum in Los Angeles.

Mission details: NASA Press Kit