Shuttle Endeavour baby of fleet; making 25th trip

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Posted: Apr 24, 2011 11:23 AM
Shuttle Endeavour baby of fleet; making 25th trip

Key facts about space shuttle Endeavour:

_ Youngest of the three surviving space shuttles

_ Replaced Challenger, destroyed during liftoff in 1986

_ Named for ship commanded by British explorer James Cook

_ First launch on May 7, 1992, for satellite capture and repair mission

_ External fuel tank repaired from Hurricane Katrina damage

_ Next home: California Science Center in Los Angeles

Key facts about Endeavour's last mission:

_ Commanded by Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

_ 25th and final flight; second to last of 30-year shuttle program

_ Six-man crew, all veteran space fliers. Five Americans, one Italian

_ 14-day mission; NASA expects to add two extra days

_ Four spacewalks, the last by any shuttle crew member

_ Carrying spare parts for International Space Station

_ Delivering $2 billion particle physics experiment to space station