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Getting ready for Endeavour’s final space launch

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Photo:  NASA TV -- Endeavour crew led by Commander Mark Kelly arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida today to begin prelaunch preparations  April 26, 2011

Photo: NASA TV -- Endeavour crew led by Commander Mark Kelly arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida today to begin prelaunch preparations April 26, 2011

The crew of space shuttle Endeavour’s final mission arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. Commander Mark Kelly and five other astronauts will be apart of the 14-day mission to the International Space Station. The other crew members are: Mission specialists Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel, Mike Fincke, pilot Greg H. Johnson, and European Space Agency astronaut, Roberto Vittori.

At the Kennedy Space Center, Kelly introduced his crew to the media and made some brief comments: “We’re really happy to be here today,” said Kelly. “We got a chance to take look at the orbiter as we first flew over the field and then the over pad. It’s great to see Endeavour all ready to go again.” 

Also, Kelly expressed how happy he is that his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will be able to travel to Florida for the historic event.

The launch is this Friday morning. For more on the crew, the launch,  and the official countdown to lift-off go to the NASA Space Shuttle website.

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