Space Shuttle Endeavour had a successful launch, and is now entering Earth orbit! It’s amazing being able to watch events like these live on NASA TV. Especially when you consider that Endeavour, whose maiden flight was 17 years ago, almost predates the World Wide Web as we know it today (and certainly predates all of the technologies that allow us to watch a launch live from half a planet away)!

STS-127 is primarily to deliver the final components to the Japanese Kibo module on the ISS. Once completed, it will be the largest of all the ISS modules. This mission is also going to set a new record — 13 people, being the highest occupancy the space station has ever had.

Any twitterers reading may also want to keep an eye on @Astro_127 where mission commander Mark Polansky has been keeping the twitterverse updated. Perhaps we might see more orbital microblogging…

Original image courtesy of @flyingjenny.
More launch photos here!

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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6 Responses to STS-127

  1. invaderxan says:

    Oh, it would definitely be worth it to witness a Shuttle launch! Besides, when we’re talking about things that fly into space, travelling across the Atlantic doesn’t really seem that far… ;)

  2. invaderxan says:

    Yeah, I know! :
    Time is running out. I’m going to miss the shuttles… Am I the only one who thinks that Orion is one giant leap backwards?

  3. helen99 says:

    A friend of mine recently traveled to Florida for the last launch. Of course, she had a considerably shorter flight than you’d have if you chose to go. Still, it may be worth it just once…

  4. I’d highly recommend it! But better hurry, you only have until approximately September 30, 2010.

  5. invaderxan says:

    I’d love to have a chance to see one up close, before they retire them all…

  6. Yay! I love Shuttle launches. :)

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