Space shuttle Endeavour returns to Earth

Second last-ever shuttle mission concludes safely

After 122 million miles flown during its 25 missions, the space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth for the last time in its 30-year lifespan with NASA. The shuttle was piloted by Mark Kelly, the husband of U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is still recovering after being shot in the head in January.  The shuttle carried five other astronauts when it landed safely on Wednesday before hundreds of onlookers at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. “Your landing ends a vibrant legacy for this amazing vehicle that will long be remembered,” said Mission Control to Kelly and his crewmates after their landing. Endeavour’s final flight is the second last space shuttle mission ever. The last mission ever for the shuttle program will be carried out by the space shuttle Atlantis in July.

CBC News

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