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Space Shuttle Endeavour, Last Flight
Our daughter lives in an area of Los Angeles called Marina Del Rey. It is very close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). She called us the day before the space shuttle was supposed to do fly-by's of both Northern and Southern California and then land at LAX. It would then be prepared for transport to its final destination at the California Science Center at Exposition Park
The video you just viewed is one I took while we were on the beach as the shuttle passed by. I have to apologize for the shaking, but the sun was so bright I could not see in my view finder and I just pointed to where I thought the shuttle would be. Much to my surprise I was able to capture her fly-by.
It was incredible to watch the fly-by of this amazing work of science and engineering, but it also had an almost bird-like quality to it as if a giant mother bird was carrying her baby on her back.
It will be a 12 mile trip through the streets of Los Angeles to its final resting place. The trip is scheduled for early in October and will require the cutting down of some 400 shade trees along the route. Some residence along the route are angry because of the removal of the trees, but they will be replaced with double that amount of shade trees.
The shuttle is five stories tall and has a wing span of 78 feet. In preparation for the trip, the tail cone that covers the engines will be removed. This cone was necessary for transport while mounted to the special 747 aircraft.
Video as Viewed from the Camera Plane
- FA18 extended view of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flyover Southern California
Watch the Space Shuttle/747 fly over as viewed from the F-18A camera plane. The views are fantastic!
10/23/12 Watch this amazing time-lapse of the shuttle on its way to the science center
- Time-lapse video: Space shuttle Endeavour’s trek across L.A. - Framework - Photos and Vide
The space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey last weekend, traveling 12-miles from Los Angeles International Airport, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park aboard a special transporter.
The Endeavor Up Close and Personal 3/20/13
- Space Shuttle Endeavor Up Close and Personal - YouTube
I was fortunate enough to have a friend who had friends on the Ground Transport Team and he was able to get these fantastic pictures of the shuttle as it made its way to its final destination. I thought I would share them with everybody.