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Endeavour’s final flight

[Updated June 1, 2011]

Space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday morning, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA’s 30-year program with a safe middle-of-the-night landing.

The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; it’s the final flight for Endeavour  and the next-to-last shuttle flight for NASA.  Endeavour’s commander is Mark Kelly, husband of wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was at the space center for the launch. After this flight, Endeavour will be sent to its new home at L.A.’s Exposition Park.

Read more about Endeavour closing a chapter in NASA history.