Mar 11, 2008

Endeavour starts 16-Day Mission

The US shuttle Endeavour blasted off into the space early Tuesday morning on what is to be its longest space station mission ever — a 16-day trip to build a Canadian robot and construct part of a Japanese science module in the International Space Station.

Blasting off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 2:28 a.m. EDT, Endeavour's seven-astronaut crew was the first to make the spectacular nighttime shuttle launch since 2006.

The crew includes pilot Gregory H. Johnson and mission specialists Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman, Rick Linnehan, Garrett Reisman and Japanese astronaut Takao Do.

After the crew reaches the International Space Station late Wednesday night, the astronauts will perform five spacewalks during their 16-days mission.


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