Shuttle Endeavour Undocks from Space Station for the Last Time, Comes Home



Shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station for the last time at 11:55 p.m. EDT May 29, 2011. It is scheduled for touch down at 2:35 a.m. EDT tonight on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Update June 1: Endeavour has landed and will ship out early next year for a museum in California. Shuttle Atlantis is ready at launching pad, will be last shuttle to fly. Thousands of layoffs loom once the shuttle program ends.

NASA is leaving the Earth-to-orbit business behind to focus on expeditions to asteroids and Mars, leaving the field for private companies to pick up the slack for cargo and crew hauls to the space station.

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Read more about what’s in store for NASA at: thestar.