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Watch: Final Nighttime Launch of Space Shuttle


While you were sleeping, Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off on a mission to the International Space Station, to deliver a new module that "will bring a bay window view to our celestial backyard."

The 4:14am EST launch was likely the last nighttime launch ever for the program. The astronauts are to spend 13 days in space. There are four more space shuttle missions scheduled before the program ends.


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  1. once again it was beautiful.

    Posted by: titus | Feb 8, 2010 9:37:53 AM

  2. This is truly a sight to see. Saw several while in college.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 8, 2010 10:06:25 AM

  3. while very cool for OUR all still seems quite primitive...tho I say that as a Trekkie.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 8, 2010 11:21:49 AM

  4. For a spacecraft designed in the 1960's using manual drafting and sliderules....

    Perhaps it's a good thing that NASA's being shunted-aside for future manned spacecraft. Besides being a HUGE, inefficient government jobs-program NASA manned spaceflight has become a technological dead-end for innovation. Time for the private-sector to move-in. NASA has an excellent track-record with unmanned-flight expeditions and pure research, but it's time for manned-flight to mature to the next generation of orbital and suborbital operations.

    One of the better suggestins I've heard is rather than building the now-cancelled Constellation Project to go to the Moon, reconfigure the International Space Station as a cis-lunar transfer station shuttling back and forth from Earth-orbit to lunar-orbit and back. The bulk of the life-support and flight dynamics are already just needs to be reconfigured for long-impulse, low-thrust operations and be fitted with the next-generation nuclear/ion-propulsion drive.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino)d | Feb 8, 2010 1:10:26 PM

  5. Actually, I wasn't sleeping. I set my alarm to catch the launch from my Miami. I was skeptical I wold be able to see it. But I did. Very cool couple of seconds.

    Sorry to see the Shuttle on its way out. But it's time to take the business of space to the next level.

    Hopefully a public/private effort can pull that off. Fingers crossed. I'd love to take a little trip in space before I'm dead and gone.

    Posted by: PatrickPATRICK | Feb 8, 2010 2:27:48 PM

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