Last Journey of the Endeavour
This week, the space shuttle Endeavour travelled across the U.S. to its final destination of Los Angeles, where it will be on display as a part of the California Science Center.
The Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit and orbited the Earth 4,671 times while travelling 122,883,151 statute miles. The fleet was retired last summer, with NASA’s focus shifting towards destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including manned missions to Mars. Can I come too?
The space shuttle was bolted onto a Boeing 747 for transport. This ferry flight will be the last of the space shuttle era, capping nearly 35 years of shuttles riding atop modified 747s.
Wonderful photographs of the transport have been posted all over the Internet – click on the thumbnails below to go to the original full-sized photographs.
Beautiful. I’m sad to see her go.
A little shuttle related engineering humour:
Haha, that’s wonderful!
Another great shot, this one at LAX: http://i.imgur.com/4O8uX.jpg