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One Last Endeavor

Patrick AFB, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA¹s successful launch of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavor last Monday. The launch occurred at 8:56 a.m. from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided vital support to the STS-134 mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, safety and public affairs.

The wing also provided its vast network of radar, telemetry, optical and communications instrumentation to facilitate a safe launch on the Eastern Range.

STS-134 marks the 36th flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station.
During the 16-day mission, which will include four scheduled space walks, Endeavour 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.

"As always, the 45th Space Wing is pleased to have supported NASA on another successful and safe launch," said Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, commander, 45th Space Wing.

"Speaking on behalf of the entire Eastern Range team, congratulations and best wishes to the crew aboard Endeavor as they support our nation's human-space program. It¹s been our honor to be part of Endeavor's final mission to space."