Posted By RichC on August 8, 2007
The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off this late afternoon at 6:36PM (Aug 8th) with a crew of 7 for mission STS-118 to continue work on the International Space Station. It’s was a clean launch with good visibility for those on the ground and from my television vantage point, a perfect launch.
The lead flight director Matt Abbott said that “The mission has lots of angles. Thereâ€™s a little bit of assembly; thereâ€™s some resupply; thereâ€™s some repairs. And there are some high-visibility education and public affairs events. Itâ€™s a little bit of everything.â€ Abbott’s mention of “high-visibility education” is reference teacher Barbara Morgan who is part of the crew. The Teacher in Space Project suffered a tragedy during the 1986 Columbia accident. I wish the crew a safe flight and successful mission.