NASA sets space shuttle Endeavour’s final launch for April 29

April 20th, 2011 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 20 (ANI): Space shuttle Endeavour is officially scheduled for an April 29 launch, according to NASA.

Space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates are scheduled to begin a 14-day mission, known as STS-134, to the International Space Station with a launch at 3:47 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission is shuttle Endeavour’s final scheduled flight.

The crew will deliver a particle physics detector, known as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) to the station. AMS is designed to measure cosmic rays to search for various types of unusual matter, such as dark matter and antimatter. The instrument’s experiments will help researchers study the formation of the universe. Endeavour also will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 3, a platform that carries spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired from service.

The mission will feature the last four spacewalks by a shuttle crew. The spacewalkers will do maintenance work, install new components, and perform a complex series of tasks to top off the ammonia in one of the station’s photovoltaic thermal control system cooling loops.

STS-134 is the 134th shuttle mission, Endeavour’s 25th flight and the 36th shuttle mission to the station. (ANI)

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