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Space shuttle: What has been the greatest benefit of the program?

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Endeavour
The shuttle blasted off as scheduled at 8:56 a.m. ET Monday from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/Associated Press)

By CBC News

The space shuttle Endeavour has rocketed into space on its final flight to the International Space Station.

The shuttle blasted off as scheduled at 8:56 a.m. ET Monday from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Endeavour will deliver to the space station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a particle physics detector that scientists hope will help lead to the understanding of the origin of the universe.

The shuttle will also deliver spare parts, including some specifically for Dextre, a Canadian Space Agency robot that rides on the end of the space station's Canadarm2 robotic arm. Dextre performs maintenance and repair work outside the station, such as changing batteries and cameras.

Following its current mission, Endeavour will be put on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Its Canadarm robotic arm is expected to be returned to Canada.

The shuttle Atlantis will make NASA's final shuttle flight in July.

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What has been the greatest benefit of the space shuttle program? What is the most vivid memory you have of the shuttles' missions? Let us know in the comments below.



(This survey is not scientific. It is based on readers' responses.)

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