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Published on Jun 1, 2017

NASAís space shuttle Endeavour touched down safely for the final time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after spending 299 days in space throughout the course of its 25 flights.

Endeavour was originally built as a replacement for the shuttle Challenger, which was lost in the 1986 accident that also killed its seven-astronaut crew. Congress authorized the construction of Endeavour in 1987, and the orbiter first blasted off in 1992.

Its final launch happened on May 16, 2011, with a six-member crew. Their mission was to deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3 and Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station. 

The Endeavour had many successful missions during its run, one of the most famous being creating the ISS. The mission took the Americanís Unity node, or the passageway that connects the working and living modules, to space and joined it to the Russian Zarya module, which was already in orbit. This attachment led to it becoming an international space station.

Currently, Endeavour sits at the California Science Center in Los Angeles as a year-round exhibit.

And it all happened, Today in Space!

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Re: Today in Space - June 1: Endeavour Final Touchdown
« Reply #1 on: 06/03/2017 10:46 am »
Hail OV-105!  Your mere existence proves the greatness of the space program at the time.  IMO You should still be seeing vacuum a couple times a year!