Feeds

Obama to pop down to Endeavour launch

Shuttle's last mission gets presidential send-off

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

Barack Obama will pop down to Kennedy Space Center for next week's launch of space shuttle Endeavour, Reuters reports.

The president may be joined by Gabrielle Giffords, wife of Endeavour commander Mark Kelly. She's still recovering from the head wound she received in the 8 January Tuscon shooting, and doctors will need to give final approval if she's to wave her hubby off on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.

Endeavour's swansong flight, due to begin on 29 April at 19:47 GMT, will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the orbiting outpost. Once its 25th mission wraps, the veteran vehicle will go on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Discovery, which bowed out on 9 March after completing 39 missions, is destined for the Udvar-Hazy Center at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, in Virginia.

The last pencilled shuttle launch is that of Atlantis, slated for 28 June. After a final visit to the ISS, it will find a home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT
In the Lone Star State, perhaps appropriately enough
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
Just being in the Goldilocks zone doesn't mean there'll be anyone to eat the porridge
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!
New Horizons is less than a year from the dwarf planet
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.