Godspeed Endeavour

HMS Endeavour

In 1768, Captain James Cook set sail on the HMS Endeavour on his first voyage of discovery. On that little trip he found New Zealand and Australia, soon to become places for sheep and criminals, respectively. That Endeavour was at sea for 3 years on that mission. One that took her around the globe, and in which she was almost lost after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

Today we watched the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour lift off from LC39A for the last time. She was named after the HMS Endeavour in a nod to the spirit of exploration that ties today’s astronauts together with yesteryear’s ship captains. The Endeavour that is currently hurtling through space will spend 16 days up there delivering the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and a storage shed full of spare parts to the ISS. In that time, she will circumnavigate the globe every 91 minutes.

Upon her return, Endeavour will be decommissioned then sent to the California Science Center, where her mission to inspire America’s children to pursue careers in math, science and engineering will continue from a static display.


Godspeed, Endeavour. Bring your crew home safely.

[Image Credit: Public Domain]

  • Deartháir

    It saddens me that this will be the end of an era. I sincerely hope they will have an orbiter of some sort ready before too long… if only for the content for AtomicToasters.

    /not selfish at all.

  • I'm not as sad about the decommissioning of the shuttle as a I am about our nation losing human spaceflight capability altogether. C'mon…we can't even come up with an interim solution of cheap, expendable man-rated rockets that'll deliver even a crew of ONE to the ISS? The private sector puts up satellites that weigh more than that every day. We're basically talking about what Mercury-Atlas did 50 years ago. Weak, NASA, weak.

  • Very good and informative post