Tens of Thousands Gather for Space Shuttle Endeavor Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - MAY 16: The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on May 16, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. After 20 years, 25 missions and more than 115 million miles in space, Endeavour is on its final flight to the International Space Station before being retired and donated to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Mission STS-134 will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-2) to the International Space Station. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Photo: Mark Wilson/2011 Getty Images

Over 50,000 people gathered at Cape Canaveral early this morning to watch the second-to-last launch of the space shuttle Endeavor, which had been delayed after equipment failure late last month. Among the viewers was recovering U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, whose husband Mark Kelly was the captain of the shuttle mission. She watched from within the Kennedy Space Center (and seems to have called it the "greatest show on earth"). Kelly's six-man team will arrive at the International Space Station in two days and remain there for two more weeks after they've delivered a $2 billion particle physics experiment.

Endeavour flies on next-to-last shuttle mission [Houston Chronicle]