Thunderpig’s Mirror

Shuttle Endeavour Lifts Off

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 11, 2008

I gotta make it down to Florida to watch one of these take off before they retire the shuttles!

This is a playlist providing a 5 minute overview of the current mission, a 2 and a half minute launch video, and a third video lasting about 38 seconds show the beautiful night launch from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Space shuttle Endeavour thundered into orbit early Tuesday morning carrying seven astronauts and Japan’s dreams for a space-based laboratory at the International Space Station.

“This is a great launch and a real tribute to the team to get it ready to go fly,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Operations.

The STS-123 mission started with a rare night launch for Endeavour’s crew, commanded by veteran astronaut Dominic Gorie. Gregory H. Johnson served as Pilot. The mission specialists for the flight are an international mix of experienced and first-time crew members. Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman, Rick Linnehan, Garrett Reisman and Japanese astronaut Takao Doi all have critical roles during the 16-day mission by Endeavour.


NASA Endeavour Page

Photo Courtesy NASA

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