Endeavor Shuttle Missions

By: Rachael Kang

How it all began...

This orbiter, Endeavor Space Shuttle,was named after the british HMS Endeavour. This name has caused confusion to many because it is spelled in the british manner, rather than the english manner "Endeavor". Even Nasa itself misspelled a sign on the launch pad in 2007. NASA chose to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise or accepting a Rockwell International proposal to build two shuttles for the price of one of the original shuttles, on cost grounds.
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About the Endeavor

First flight- STS-49

Last flight- Ferry flight on SCA NASA 905 to Los Angeles, California

Last Mission- STS-134

The Endeavor had 25 missions in total. It had 154 crew members, in total. The distance traveled 122,883,151 miles and deployed 3 satellites. It spent 296 days, 3 hours, 34 minutes, 2 seconds time in space and the number of orbits was 4671. The STS-134 mission was originally planned as the final mission of the Space Shuttle program, but with authorization of the STS-135 mission, Atlantis became the last Space Shuttle to fly.

STS-49: The first mission of the Endeavor...

Endeavor's first mission was the STS-49, which took from May 7, 1992 - May 16,1992. The goal of the STS-49 was to retreive an Intelsat VI satilite, attach it to a new upper stage, and relaunch it to its intended geosynchronous orbit. After several attempts, the capture was completed with a three-person EVA ( extra-vehicular activity).

  • Number of orbits 141
  • Distance traveled 5,948,166 kilometres

STS-134: The last mission of the Endeavor...

The STS-134 International Space Station assembly mission which delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and the ELC-3 to the space station. The Endeavor launched successfully on May 16, 2011 and landed for the final time on June 1, 2011. This was the final mission of Endeavor. Although originally planned to be the last space shuttle program flight, one additional flight of Atlantis, STS-135, was flown in July 2011.
Launch of STS-134
STS-49 - Space Shuttle Endeavour first Launch + first Landing