NASA’s Final Countdown
by Noah Casey, age 11
At 8:56 a.m. on May 16, NASA’s Endeavour began its trek to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center. The launch was delayed for more than two weeks because of electrical issues. But after two weeks, they finally had the rocket repaired. The countdown was starting: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BOOM! They were off to space.
45,000 people arrived to see Endeavour take off. The crew was in space for 283 days, almost a year!
Endeavour may be the last shuttle to travel to space because the cost is astronomical. NASA will be ending this program for now. Shuttles like Endeavour will be put in a museum. In the future, if somebody wanted to fly to space they would have to pay to board a Russian spacecraft.There are also many people trying to launch into space privately.
The Endeavour crew included Chris Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and a veteran of two previous shuttle missions, the commander of the flight. Astronaut and U.S. Marine colonel Doug Hurley served as pilot and astronaut. Sandy Magnus, a retired U.S. air force colonel, Rex Waheim was the mission specialist.
NASA will continue to function, but the focus will unfortunately no longer be on manual space flights. Hopefully one day they will be able to relaunch.
[Source: Time For Kids]