Space shuttle, Endeavour makes a safe return to Earth at Florida’s Cape Canaveral after a 14-day construction mission to the International Space Station.
During its voyage the crew delivered and installed the last connecting hub and a seven-windowed observation deck, completing major assembly tasks for the US-portion of the orbital outpost.
But after this trip only four flights remain before NASA plans to retire its three-ship shuttle fleet later this year. The agency is to concentrate on orbital passenger spaceflight.
With the missions ending due to safety concerns and high operating costs, it will soon be left to Russian, European and Japanese cargo ships to keep the space station supplied.