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Shuttle Endeavour completes its final flight

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Shuttle Endeavour completes its final flight


The US space shuttle Endeavour has safely landed after its final flight.

The ship touched down at its Florida home base in the early hours, completing its 25th and last mission. It caps a 16-day voyage to deliver a premier science experiment to the International Space Station.

Endeavour can now look forward to a life on public display in Los Angeles. The United States is retiring its three-ship fleet due to high operating costs and to free up funds to develop new spacecraft that can travel beyond the space station’s 220-mile-high (346-km-high) orbit.

This is NASA next-to-last shuttle flight. Its sister ship Atlantis is now on the Cape Canaveral launch pad as it prepares for its final mission with blast-off scheduled for July 8.

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