The crew of the Endeavour space shuttle are preparing for its final flight. As the ship’s 19 years of service come to an end, here’s a brief history of the Endeavour via telegraph.co.uk.
Captain Mark Kelly – whose participation in the forthcoming mission was thrown into doubt in January when his wife, US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while meeting constituents in Tucson – is profiled here.
It’s now possible to submit video or written questions to Captain Kelly and the rest of the Endeavour crew via YouTube, which will be streaming a live interview with the astronauts on 2 May.
Meanwhile, a replica of the original Endeavour, which was commanded by Captain James Cook from 1769-71, has just arrived in Brisbane as part of a circumnavigation of Australia.
Weather permitting, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will embark upon its final flight tomorrow, 29 April, the same day Cook and his crew landed for the first time in Australia two-hundred-and-forty-one-years ago.