At this moment I’m sitting in my living room watching the coverage of the final launch of Endeavour. What a magnificent craft she is! I salute her and all those brave souls who have entrusted her to carry them to the threshold of the universe. God speed, Endeavour!
The Final Launch of the Orbiter Endeavour
And here is a nice photo of the replica of the HMS Bark Endeavour, Captain Cook’s ship under full sail. It looks large because of the tall masts and the sails, but in reality, the original was 106 ft (32 m). By way of comparison, Orbiter Endeavour is 122 ft/37 m long (not counting the main external tank, which is 154 ft/47 m). A number of years ago I had the chance to tour the replica of the HMS Endeavour. It is a wonderful ship and a fascinating look at history and brings home how difficult the crew’s life was day after day. No real amenities. No mission control, and years at sea to circumnavigate the earth instead of 90 minutes.