Friday, April 29, 2011

NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches April 29th

Scheduled today at 3:27pm EDT, NASA's space shuttle Endeavour will launch with over 500000 gallons of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. "Forecasters continue to predict a 70 percent chance of favorable weather for today's launch. The only concerns are low cloud ceilings and high crosswinds at the Shuttle Landing Facility at time of liftoff." NASA writes.

This is the last time Endeavor will ever launch into space, so this will be a moment observed in NASA space shuttle history. Obama and his family are actually attending this event that will also offer a luncheon. But, the main reason why Endeavor is launching today is for experimental purposes. "This experiment will look for elusive antimatter and the origins of mysterious dark matter" writes RedOrbit. The picture below shows Endeavor at its launch pad on April 28th.


  1. This event has been cancelled. It will launch ay date until May 8 (but the date is unknown; it will launch [or can launch] any day until May 8th 2011). Thanks

  2. [] Endeavor will launch the 16th!

  3. "The space shuttle lifted off this morning at 8:56 am EDT on a two week mission to the International Space Station. There it will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer--a $1.5 billion cosmic ray detector that could reveal the nature of dark matter and find whole galaxies made of antimatter. This is Endeavour's final flight as the shuttle program winds down. During the mission, Endeavour will make numerous passes over North America, Australia, and other places. Would you like to see it one last time? Turn your cell phone into a field-tested shuttle tracker."