Six astronauts and the youngest shuttle in NASA’s fleet, Endeavour, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, bound for the International Space Station on its 25th and final mission Monday.
Astronaut Mark Kelly is commanding Endeavour’s final mission. He shared a few words with mission control about 10 minutes before launch.
“As Americans, we endeavor to build a better life than the generation before, and we endeavor to be a united nation,” said Kelly. “In these efforts, we are often tested. This mission represents the power of teamwork, commitment and exploration. It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. We must not stop.”