7 Things to Know About Space Shuttle Endeavour

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  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour, NASA

All in a Name

In 1988, NASA staged a national competition among elementary and secondary school students to name the spaceship based on a historic oceangoing research or exploration vessel. "The shuttle's namesake, H.M.S. Endeavour, was commanded by Britain's James Cook on his epic 18th-century voyage of discovery in the South Pacific (hence the orbiter's British spelling)," Space.com writes, making the shuttle the first to be named by children. (Photo: Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)