04/29/2011 08:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Space Shuttle Endeavour On Launch Pad In Lightning Storm (PHOTO)

Hours before the space shuttle Endeavour is set to blast off for its final flight, NASA tweeted a striking photo of the space shuttle at the launch pad in the middle of a storm.

Lightning bolts can be seen around the Endeavour as it waits on the launch pad.

NASA writes of the photo, "The space shuttle Endeavour sat on Launch Pad 39A as a storm passed prior to the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure, Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Endeavour launches on the STS-134 mission on Friday, April 29 at 3:47 p.m. EDT. During the 14-day mission, Endeavour and the STS-134 crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank."

See the photo below, then see our guide to how and when to watch Endeavour's launch live.


Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls