Posted By RichC on March 26, 2008
The space shuttle Endeavour was picked up on infrared camera gliding back to earth on Wednesday evening at the Kennedy Space Center after an ambitious an successful mission to the International Space Station. The crew spent 16 days on 5 space walks and installing the first part of the Japanese Kibo laboratory, as well as putting together a Canadian built maintenance robot. The returning Endeavour crew includes French astronaut Leopold Eyharts, who spent seven weeks aboard the space station setting up Europe’s new Columbus laboratory. He was replaced by NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman. NASA plans 10 additional missions to the Space Station before retiring the shuttle fleet in 2010. The next planned mission is to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope later this year.