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Space Shuttle Endeavor Has Entered Orbit on Final Mission

The Space Shuttle Endeavor has launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, with Commander Mark Kelly, the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as pilot for the mission. The mission launched without incident, as the Shuttle and its fueling system and rocket boosters eased into a perfect planned arc on the rapid ascent into orbit.

After about 4 minutes, the massive solid-fuel rocket boosters burned out and broke away from the vehicle and main fuel tank, then once out of Earth’s atmosphere, the Shuttle rolled over into an upright position, with the atmospheric horizon below, and released its main fuel tank back to Earth. The Shuttle Endeavor then shut off its main engines and leveled into a perfect planned orbit, to begin its final mission.

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