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May 15, 2011 / Dr. Toad

The Last Endeavour

Endeavour on a Night Launch Feb 2009

Endeavour on a night launch

Via Wired Science and Lisa Grossman:

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral for the last time on Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT. But if you can’t make it to Florida, you can watch from where you sit.

That’s 5:56am Pacific Time.

1. Spacevidcast

Space enthusiasts Benjamin and Cariann Higginbotham host Spacevidcast, perhaps the most street-friendly source of live mission commentary available. The pair reads and responds to chatroom banter during their coverage. This year, they plan to take video call-in questions from readers using Vokle.

2. Spaceflight Now

Veteran space journalist Miles O’Brien (formerly of CNN) headlines Spaceflight Now’s webcasting team, bringing a mix of traditional journalism and space geek humor to the commentary.

3. NASA TV

NASA has provided live mission commentary since its inception. Although NASA TV can feel a bit technical, it’s still the classic option for spaceflight purists.

Watch for exact lift-off times on the NASA webpage. The shuttle take-off times are often later than scheduled because conditions must be exactly right. But if you’re up around 6am Pacific Time for some reason with nothing to do, watch this.

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