Into the Night
The Space Shuttle Endeavour lights up the early morning sky at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, lifting off at 2:28 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 11.
Endeavour's mission, STS-123, will carry two new components to the International Space Station: the first section of the Japanese Kibo lab and Canada's two-armed robotic system, known as Dextre.
station crew member, Garrett Reisman, and bring back European Space Agency astronaut Leopold Eyharts, who has been on the station since Feb. 9.
Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann