Government IT: Endeavour`s Historic Final Mission to Space

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-06-02
 
 
 

Endeavour Departs ISS

The view of the ISS Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation.

Endeavour Departs ISS

Dazzling Journey

The docked space shuttle, back-dropped by a nighttime view of Earth and a starry sky, photographed by an Expedition 28 crewmember on the ISS.

Dazzling Journey

All Together

STS-134 and Expedition 28 crewmembers gather on the middeck of Endeavour while docked with the ISS.

All Together

Docked Operations

The forward section of Endeavour is pictured with two components of the ISS—the Harmony node (left) and the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory.

Docked Operations

Second Spacewalk

NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel, STS-134 mission specialist, participates in the mission's second spacewalk.

Second Spacewalk

In Place at Last

The newly installed Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 is visible at center left in this photo of the ISSs starboard truss.

In Place at Last

Dramatic Backdrop

Solar array wings on the ISS intersect the thin line of Earth's atmosphere.

Dramatic Backdrop

Endeavour's Final Flight

Space shuttle Endeavour rises on twin columns of flame from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour's Final Flight

Close-up

As part of the survey and part of every mission's activities, Endeavour performed a backflip for the rendezvous pitch maneuver.

Close-up

Back on Earth

Endeavour landed for the final time at NASAs Kennedy Space Center after 248 orbits around Earth and a journey of 6,510,221 miles on STS-134.

Back on Earth

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