Space Wing Supports Final Endeavour Launch

The Space Shuttle Endeavour successfully lifted off on its final voyage into space Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Airmen, civilians, and contractors with the 45th Space Wing at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station provided support for the historic mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety, and public affairs. “Speaking on behalf of the entire Eastern Range team, congratulations and best wishes to the crew aboard Endeavour as they support our nation’s human space program,” said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, 45th SW commander. Endeavour’s 14-day mission to the International Space Station is the second-to-last shuttle flight. Among its payloads for ISS are two Air Force Research Lab experiments and the Air Force Academy’s Canary experiment. The 30-year-old shuttle program is set to end in mid-July with the final flight of Atlantis. (Cape Canaveral release) (Watch Endeavour’s launch at NASA’s website)