CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After a two week delay, the space shuttle Endeavour has now begun its final mission ever.
Many turned out for the April 29th launch, but were disappointed when the launch was scrubbed.
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The crowd on Monday was not as large as anticipated, but was just as exciting and marked a moment in our country's history.
For astronaut Mike Good, this is the final mission.
"It's bittersweet for sure. It's gonna be tough to say goodbye to the space shuttle here this summer," he said.
Six astronauts, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelley, were on board.
As the shuttle disappeared into the thick clouds just seconds after leaving the launch pad, Giffords was heard approving today's events.
The launch went off without any problems after being delayed 17 days.
On the ground, proud spectators stood with cameras and cellphones to catch a glimpse of history.
On board the shuttle is a $2 billion dollar science experiment and spare parts for the international space station.
Only one other shuttle trip remains.