6 Surprising Facts About Endeavour


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Six surprising facts about the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Some of the most interesting facts about the reusable orbiter that served for 19 years and logged in almost 200 million kilometers of space travel.

The youngest orbiter

The winged orbiter which was built as a replacement of Challenger is the latest of the now retired reusable shuttle fleet. It was first used in 1992 and conducted a total of 25 space missions until its final flight in May 2011.

Its name was given by students

Endeavour’s British spelled name was taken from the ship of James Cook that was used in his epic voyage of the South Pacific in the 18th century. It was the chosen name after NASA staged a national competition among the elementary and high school students to give a name to the then newly constructed shuttle.

Made up of leftovers

To keep the cost of construction at a minimum – around $1.7 billion – NASA used the remnants of Space Shuttles Atlantis and Discovery to construct Endeavour. Not all of its equipment were old though since it used the most advanced avionics system and the first shuttle to use a drag parachute on landing.

‘Fixed’ the Hubble Space Telescope

The STS-61 mission of Endeavour also known as the Hubble Servicing Mission was launched in 1993 to fix the equipment problems of the space telescope that caused blurry images. The mission helped make Hubble become a critical instrument of exploring space rather than becoming a useless metal in orbit.

Launching the first part of ISS

1/400 Space Shuttle "Endeavour" STS-88 - Memorable Missions of Space ShuttleEndeavour helped launch Unity node, the first part of the International Space Station or ISS and attached it to the Zarya module from Russia. The Space Shuttle also brought in space the final big portion of ISS – the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

Brought several ‘firsts’ in space

Endeavour brought the first African-American women Mae Jemison, Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri and married couple Jan Davis and Mark Lee in space.

Remember the significance of the Space Shuttle Endeavour with the 1/400 Space Shuttle “Endeavour” STS-88 – Memorable Missions of Space Shuttle or by visiting the Space Shuttle Models on Space Shuttle Collectibles Section of The Space Store.

Facts and image source: Space.com

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