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What the Heck Is This?

This might seem easy, but to guess exactly what it is would be hard for most people. Give it a try before you read on.

Need a hint? Okay: It's a lot more down to Earth than you might think.

No more hints.

This is a photo of the exhaust plume billowing out from rockets launching a space shuttle. It's the shuttle Endeavour in a night launch Feb. 8, 2010.

On Monday (May 16) Endeavour is slated to launch at 8:56 a.m. ET for its last flight. [Update: Endeavour Launched.]

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The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off in the predawn hours from Launch Pad 39A in Kennedy Space Center in Floria on Feb. 8, 2010. (Image credit: NASA)
Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.