STS-134 crew walk out - Roberto Vittori

STS-134 crew walk out – Roberto Vittori

ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori. The six astronauts of STS-134 are on their way to launch pad 39A to enter the orbiter of space shuttle Endeavour. The six astronauts of STS-134, waved to media and others before boarding the AstroVan to head to the launch pad, 16 May 2011. Endeavour was scheduled to launch on 29 April, but that attempt was scrubbed because of an issue associated with the shuttle’s Auxiliary Power Unit 1. STS-134 will be the final spaceflight for Endeavour.

Credits: Credits: ESA – S. Corvaja, 2011

STS-134 Tweets Launch Day (201105160001HQ)

STS-134 Tweets Launch Day (201105160001HQ)

NASA Twitter followers from left; Leigh Checkman (@liprap), Barbara Nixon (@BarbaraNixon), and Beth Schaefer (@boonbeth), hold up signs just before the Astrovan, carrying the STS-134 crew out to launch pad 39a passed by, early Monday, May 16, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. During the 16-day mission, Endeavour, with Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson, Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Robert Vittori will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for Dextre. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers)