Space Shuttle Endeavor (16 images)

Updated: Dec. 31, 1969 at 7:00 PM
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NASA Flow Director for space shuttle Endeavour, Ken Tenbusch (left) holds the tie cut by Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach (right) after the successful launch of Endeavour. The tie-cutting is a tradition for first-timers. Liftoff was on time at 2:28 a.m. EDT. The crew will make a record-breaking 16-day mission to the International Space Station and deliver the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre. (UPI Photo/NASA/Kim Shiflett)
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