NASA is planning to launch Space Shuttle Endeavor on its final mission this Friday and currently the outlook is good for the flight. This is scheduled to be the second to last space shuttle launch ever and as a result there is quite a bit of attention surrounding the upcoming launch. Even better news is that Representative Giffords will reportedly be attending the launch.
Giffords’ husband is one of the crewmembers for this final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavor and ever since the tragic shooting doctors were unsure if Giffords would be able to attend to watch her husband leave for space. Fortunately she has been recovering remarkably well and as a result will be attending the launch.
Besides Giffords’ miraculous recovery this shuttle launch is also gaining plenty of attention thanks to the fact that it is brining the NASA Space Shuttle era to an end. Currently there is no alternative launch vehicle so obviously NASA and others are sad to see the project coming to an end.
NASA is also hopeful that the experiments being conducted during this mission will reveal some critical information about the universe and how it works. The flight is scheduled to last 14 days which will be spent primarily at the international space station where they will be conducting various experiments, upgrades, and tests. No word on exactly when the final shuttle mission will occur though it will likely draw even more attention as the space shuttle program officially draws to a close.