Government IT: Space Shuttle Endeavour`s 19-Year History in Pictures

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-06-02
 
 
 

Hubble Repair

Endeavour spent 299 days in space and traveled more than 122.8 million miles during its 25 flights. It launched on its first mission May 7, 1992.

Hubble Repair

Up and Away

Endeavour thunders past the uppermost reaches of the Fixed Service Structure at Launch Pad 39B in 1992.

Up and Away

Piggyback Touchdown

Endeavour, riding atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, lands at Kennedy Space Centers Shuttle Landing Facility in 1997, completing its cross-country ferry flight from Palmdale, Calif.

Piggyback Touchdown

Moon Over Endeavour

The full moon hovers over space shuttle Endeavour waiting for liftoff on the STS-126 mission, launched in 2008.

Moon Over Endeavour

Leaving a Trail

Endeavour lifts off from launch Pad 39A on April 9, 1994, to begin the nine-day STS-59/Space Radar Laboratory mission.

Leaving a Trail

Overweight

A massive 19 million-plus pounds of space shuttle, support and transport hardware inch toward Launch Pad 39A from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Overweight

Night Work

On Launch Pad 39A in February 2000, Endeavour is viewed late at night from a point on the Rotating Service Structure more than 225 feet from the ground.

Night Work

Landing in Darkness

In 2010, Endeavour lands in darkness on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida after 14 days in space.

Landing in Darkness

Final Spacewalk for STS-134

NASA astronaut Michael Fincke works outside the station during the fourth and final spacewalk of the STS-134 mission, which lasted more than seven hours.

Final Spacewalk for STS-134

The Final Voyage

Endeavour on the STS-134 mission made its final landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center June 1 in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The Final Voyage

Rocket Fuel