Endeavour Lights up the Night Sky

At 2.28am EDT, the Florida coastline lit up with a false sunrise as the Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral for a scheduled 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Everything went smoothly, and Endeavour is now safely in low earth orbit, heading for a rendezvous and docking with ISS.

This long mission will include five spacewalks, and the installation of the first part of the Kibo module of the Japanese Space Agency, and the new robotic manipultor system, which is called Dextre.

If you want to see when the shuttle (and the space station) are flying over your area, just visit the link on the side of the page. They will both be visible in the morning skies.

You can follow the mission at the shuttle mission page and if there are any special events, we’ll talk about them here. Locally, we have the Community Media Center to thank, as they broadcast NASA-TV on local cable channel 24 (Livewire). The GRAAA sponsors NASA-TV locally.Godspeed Endeavour, and good luck.

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