NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida today. The last flight of Endeavour has been delayed for nearly three weeks due to equipment problems. Commanding the flight is Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who attended and watched the picture-perfect lift off. Endeavour will visit the International Space Station and deliver a variety of supplies and equipment, including the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

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This final flight of the Shuttle Endeavour marks the second to last flight of the space shuttle program. Atlantis will make its final flight in July, bringing an end to 30 years of space shuttle operations. Today′s launch is the 134th space shuttle launch. Endeavour will be the last shuttle orbiter to visit the ISS. Its primary payload of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is a $2 billion dollar device to used for unlocking the secrets of the universe and its origins. Scientists hope to learn more about dark matter as well as anti-matter with this device. Some 500,000 people are expected to attend and watch the launch.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour began its final flight into space as it launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida today at 8:56am EDT. NASA is sending Endeavour to the International Space Station to deliver cargo, including the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Astronaut Mark Kelly is in command. He is husband to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who attended today′s launch. This will be the second to last shuttle launch, with Space Shuttle Atlantis scheduled to end the 30-year shuttle program when it flies in July.

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