Endeavour on Launch Pad


Seen here is the space shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 25, 1998. It was launched 5 weeks later on an 11-day mission to deliver Node 1 (the Unity Module) to the International Space Station -- the first Space Station hardware delivered by a Space Shuttle. In this photo all that is visible are the tips of the external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters; the orbiter is hidden by the Rotating Service Structure, which provides payload access until it is retracted shortly before launch.

Like the Space Shuttle Discovery, Endeavour was also named after a ship used by James Cook to explore the islands of the South Pacific in the 1700's.

This photo was taken through Rick Scott's telescope from the viewing platform several miles away.

Revised: March 14, 2003
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