Night Moves

After some delays over the weekend, this morning Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in what was officially the last nighttime launch of the space shuttle. Watch the video of the liftoff and rocket separation below, recorded from NASA TV.

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The STS-130 mission carries the Tranquillity module to the International Space Station and the ESA’s Cupola viewing capsule consisting of 7 windows that will provide amazing Earth observation capabilities for researchers aboard the International Space Station.

This is Endeavour’s 24th flight and the 130th flight of the shuttle program, which will be retired at the end of the year. There are 5 more flights scheduled before the end of the space shuttle era.

Also check out Nancy Atkinson’s description of the launch on Universe Today!