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The life and flights of space shuttle Endeavour: A slideshow
After nearly two decades of distant exploration, the shuttle took off on its final mission on Monday. Here's a look back at its many other endeavors
 
Space Shuttle Endeavour sits on its launch pad Monday, moments before it's final flight and two decades of historic space missions. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Despite a two-week delay, the Space Shuttle Endeavour triumphantly blasted off for the final time Monday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Hundreds of thousands were on hand to watch the Endeavour's last liftoff, including recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), whose husband, Mark Kelly, is the mission's commander. As the shuttle makes its last journey to the International Space Station, we look back on its life, in pictures.

 

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