Space Shuttle Tribute Poster: Endeavour
The poster shows the link between Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour and the shuttle that commemorates its voyages. This is only one in a series of new posters showing the Shuttles and the missions they have flown.
The space shuttle Endeavour is shown rising to orbit, with patches for each of its missions shown in a spiral. Endeavour was named for the HMS Endeavour, a British research ship that explored the south Pacific Ocean in the 1700s, depicted on the lower right. On the upper left are panoramic windows delivered by Endeavour to the International Space Station earlier this year. In the background near the top is the NGC 602 nebula as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, which was serviced by Endeavour in 1993.
The full explanation on Astronomy Picture of the Day, as usual, is stuffed with informative links.