The space shuttle Endeavour launched this morning from Kennedy Space center at 8:56 a.m. EDT. Now on its way to the International Space Station, this is the shuttle’s final flight. During the 16-day mission, Endeavour will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which is a “particle physics experiment module that is to be mounted on the International Space Station.” It’s main function is to measure cosmic rays in the hunt for dark matter.
I’m a little sad that this is Endeavor’s last flight and that the shuttle program itself is coming to an end. However, NASA is set to receive a budget increase of six billion dollars in the next few years, so hopefully a new program is just around the corner. I wish I could have watched the launch live this morning, but that wasn’t possible. How about you?