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Endeavor's final return to earth

06-01-2011 16:22 BJT

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The US space shuttle Endeavor has returned to earth from the International Space Station. The shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, bringing its 25th flight to an end. Endeavor's engines were fired out to slow it down and allow it to fall out of orbit.

It undocked from the ISS late on Sunday, after its crew completed four spacewalks and put the final touches to the US section of the station. After official retirement, Endeavor will travel a couple thousand more kilometers to go on permanent display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavor is the youngest in the US shuttle fleet. NASA is closing down the program this summer, with the final flight of the Atlantis scheduled for later this month.

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JUNE 01: In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA), Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) makes its final
landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at Kennedy Space Center on June 01,
2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA Via Getty Images)

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - June 1: Endeavour lands at the John F. Kennedy Space Center after
it's last mission, June 1, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavor launched on its
first mission on May 7, 1992, served for 25 flights and traveled more than 122.8
million miles. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - June 1: Spotlights flood the landing strip as photographers wait
for Endeavour to land at the John F. Kennedy Space Center after it's last mission,
June 1, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavour launched on its first mission on
May 7, 1992, served for 25 flights and traveled more than 122.8 million miles.
(Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

 

 

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Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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