Endeavour soars on second-to-last space shuttle trip


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission commander's wounded wife, U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

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Space shuttle Endeavour clears the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday.

With Giffords' husband, commander Mark Kelly, at the helm, Endeavour and its experienced crew of five Am...

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