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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Endeavour Watch Party Monday Morning

The Cosmosphere will be showing the last launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Monday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 a.m. It will be shown on a large screen in the Discovery Room at the Cosmosphere. This event is free to the public.

The crew members for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori. Commander Mark Kelly is the husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is scheduled to be in attendance for the launch.

Endeavour was the last shuttle built, completed in 1990 at a cost of $1.8 billion. It has traveled 116,372,930 miles and spent 283 days in orbit. On its previous 24 flights it has completed 4,423 orbits with 166 crew members on board.

This is Endeavour's 25th mission. During the 14-day mission, Endeavour will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), the final major component to the space station. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that will use the station's external environment as a platform to expand knowledge of the universe and lead to better understanding of the universe's origin.

Please be aware that weather or other factors could affect the launch date and time.

The Cosmosphere plans to show the remaining shuttle launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, now scheduled for June 28.

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