Houston, We Have a Shuttle Typo

Houston, We Have a Shuttle Typo
After being moved from the Vehicle Assembly Building, space shuttle Endeavour rests on Launch Pad 39b at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Supporters errantly misspelled the orbiter's name, leaving out the letter 'u' in a banner. The launch is scheduled for Aug. 7. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

How about this for a quickfix?

NASA scrambled someone out to pad 39A with a new sign that has the orbiterEndeavour's name spelled correctly, and then posteda photo at the Kennedy Space Center's web site.

When the shuttle was rolled out to its seaside launch complex Wednesday, oneitem was missing: the "u"in Endeavour.

The orbiter is named after HM Bark Endeavour, the ship commanded by 18thcentury explorer James Cook; the name also honored Endeavour, the Command Moduleof Apollo 15. This is why the name is spelled in the British English manner,according to Answers.com.

Published under licensefrom FLORIDA TODAY. Copyright ? 2007 FLORIDA TODAY. No portion of this materialmay be reproduced in any way without the written consent of FLORIDA TODAY

  • NASA's STS-118: Teaching the Future Through ISS Assembly
  • SPACE.com Video Interplayer: Space Station Power Up with NASA's STS-117
  • Complete Shuttle Mission Coverage


Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.

Aerospace Journalist

Todd Halvoron is a veteran aerospace journalist based in Titusville, Florida who covered NASA and the U.S. space program for 27 years with Florida Today. His coverage for Florida Today also appeared in USA Today, Space.com and 80 other newspapers across the United States. Todd earned a bachelor's degree in English literature, journalism and fiction from the University of Cincinnati and also served as Florida Today's Kennedy Space Center Bureau Chief during his tenure at Florida Today. Halvorson has been an independent aerospace journalist since 2013.