The Last Flight Home

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 10:14am

Space Shuttle Endeavour completes its final mission.

Space Shuttle Endeavour cut through the early morning sky, coming home for the last time Wednesday morning.

It was the end of an amazing run, 25 missions and more than 120-million miles in space.

Endeavour's final mission included installing a $2 billion cosmic ray detector, delivering supplies and parts to the International Space Station, and one last walk in space.

Still, the mission will be remembered as much for what happened on the ground as anything that occurred in orbit.

Gabrielle Giffords, the critically injured wife of Commander Mark Kelly, traveled to Florida for the launch, then immediately returned to her rehab facility in Houston for critical skull reconstruction surgery.

As Kelly and his crew returned home Shuttle Atlantis made its' final return trip to Pad 39-A.

Thousands of Space Center employees and their families lined the path for the last, historic roll-out, a three mile journey toward the end of an era.

The final shuttle launch is just five weeks away.

Atlantis is scheduled to lift-off on July 8th.
 

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