the launch team at the hands of the Kennedy Space Center will have full coverage with pictures and commentary, but to see the video of the launch, as well as career retrospective Endeavour, below.
Nasa Shuttle Launch Photo
Blast Off: The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Centre on its final mission
Pride: Space shuttle Endeavour flies past the US and mission flags after launch at Cape Canaveral today
View: People watch as the space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center
In awe: Open mouthed spectators watch as Endeavour began its 14-day mission today
God speed: Commander Mark Kelly points to well wishers in the windows above the walkout as Pilot Greg H. Johnson looks on
Nasa shuttle launch
NASA Shuttle Launch , officially called Space Transportation System STS, is the United States government's current manned launch vehicle .When its mission is complete, the shuttle can independently move itself out of orbit using its Maneuvering System (it orients itself appropriately and fires its main OMS engines, thus slowing it down) and re-enter the Earth atmosphere.Its missions involve carrying large payloads to various orbits (including segments to be added to the International Space Station ), providing crew rotation for the International Space Station, and performing service missions,NASA planned to replace the shuttle with the Orion pacecraft, but budget cuts have placed full development of the Orion craft in doubt.