The countdown for shuttle Endeavour's final launch, attended by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was hitch free early Friday. The Endeavour mission will be the 134th in the program and the 25th for the spacecraft and the 36th shuttle mission to the space station.
U.S. President Barack Obama's national security post choices bring military skill to the CIA and political know-how to the Defense Department, officials said. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta will succeed Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense.
Donald Trump speaks with the media during "An Evening with the Celebrity Apprentice" presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Science at the Florence Gould Hall on April 26, 2011 in New York City.
This is Endeavour's twenty fifth and final mission, and is set to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and a pallet called the Express Logistics Carrier #3, which will contain spare parts to equip the outpost after the shuttle program ends later this year. Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will serve as mission commander.
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