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Endeavor's final night launch

By Emily Pantelides - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

SPACE CENTER, FL (WFLX) - Space Shuttle Endeavor blasted off Monday morning at 4:14 on its way to the International Space Station. This was the second launch attempt, as weather held it off earlier this weekend, and the final night launch of the program.

The mission's crew of six were hoping to blast off Sunday morning but that was spoiled by thick, low clouds just nine minutes before the scheduled launch.

If NASA were to scrub Monday morning's launch, the mission could've be held off for as long as two weeks.

Endeavor is loaded with two major payloads: the tranquility living quarters and a seven-windowed dome that gives Space Station residents sweeping 360-degree views. Once both are installed, the orbiting complex will be 98 percent complete.

NASA officials admit the Super Bowl, which was played some 200 miles down the road, generated a bigger buzz. However, not to be forgotten, the coin used during the opening toss actually flew on the last shuttle mission back in November.

It was the last scheduled night launch for the Space Shuttle program which is winding down after nearly 30 years. After this one, four more flights remain.

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