US space shuttle Endeavour's final mission

US space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on Monday to deliver a potentially revolutionary physics experiment to the International Space Station on the next-to-last flight in NASA's shuttle program.

The crew on the Endeavour

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

Navy Capt. Mark Kelly is quite possibly the best known commander. He's married to Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in January at a political.

Mike Fincke
Mike Fincke

Astronaut Mike Fincke will set a U.S. record — 380-plus days in orbit — by the time Endeavour returns in 16 days.

Gregory Chamitoff
Gregory Chamitoff

Gregory Chamitoff, 48, an engineer and planetary scientist, spent six months on the International Space Station in 2008.

Gregory Johnson
Gregory Johnson

Pilot Gregory Johnson became the crew's spokesman in the wake of the Tucson shooting, while Mark Kelly was on leave.

Andrew Feustel
Andrew Feustel

Andrew Feustel flew NASA's final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, Now he's on Endeavour's last hurrah.

Roberto Vittori
Roberto Vittori

Roberto Vittori, 46, a colonel in the Italian Air Force, was chosen as an astronaut by the Italian Space Agency in 1998.

Most memorable missions of Endeavour

Six facts about NASA's space shuttle Endeavour

NASA's space shuttle Endeavour is set to launch Friday (April 29) on its final spaceflight, and record crowds — including President Barack Obama — are expected to see the orbiter off. On its STS-134 mission, Endeavour will deliver a $1.5 billion astrophysics experiment to the International Space Station. It will also drop off some supplies to help outfit the orbiting lab for the post-shuttle era, which begins after Atlantis' STS-135 mission this summer.

First three-person spacewalk

First three-person spacewalk

On May 13, 1992, during the first mission of the space shuttle Endeavour, a trio of astronauts conducted the first spacewalk.
Fixing Hubble

Fixing Hubble

Three years after Hubble launched into space with faulty optics, NASA launched the shuttle Endeavour on the STS-61 mission on Dec. 2, 1993.
Shuttle's first international space station trek

Shuttle's first international space station trek

NASA's first shuttle to visit the space station was Endeavour, which launched on the STS-88 mission.
Final flight of Endeavor

Final flight of Endeavor

Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning.

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About STS-134 mission

U.S. shuttle Endeavor's STS-134 mission

U.S. shuttle Endeavor's STS-134 mission

Endeavor's 16-day mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) to the International Space Station.