Lift Off: Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Launch

Space Shuttle Endeavour has left the launch pad for the last time. It left the Kennedy Space Center earlier this morning and, as of 9:03 a.m. EST, all three engines were reported to be "in good shape." The Atlantic Wire has pictures and news from the event.

While the tourist levels at last month's launch were originally said to top 700,000, the space agency is still expecting robust crowds of 500,000 to attend the second-to-last launch of the space shuttle era (the craft scheduled to be last, Atlantis, is currently set to launch in July). The highest-profile attendee, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, arrived on Sunday at the Kennedy Space Center to see off her husband, NASA commander Mark Kelly.

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