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Space Shuttle Endeavour, Last Flight

Updated on August 19, 2013

Background

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.


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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      The end of an era that journey. So many times I raced out to watch shuttles shoot into the heavens, that huge trail of fire brilliant in the sky. And I saw too the Challenger that tragic day as it happened and my heart broke.

      Hopefully more exciting space exploration will occur. Thank you for sharing your video Funny thing, I never tired of seeing the shuttle go up. Several times I viewed it from right across the water in Florida. We would drive an hour or two to be there for the spectacle.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      pstraubie48: You are very fortunate to see those launches. The Challenger was a tragedy for all of us. I hope the business model of privatizing space exploration works. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an exciting experience! Your video is so good. I enjoyed this video and the article - space exploration has always amazed me. Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and shared!

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      suzettenaples: Thank you so much for the kind comments. We can't wait to go see it at the Science Center. Thanks for sharing and voting up.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      I updated this to include an amazing time lapse video of the transport from the LAX hanger to the final destination at the science center.

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      I have added a link to a NASA Video as shot from the FA-18 camera plane. The views are fantastic and include the dialog between the pilots of the three planes. You don't want to miss this!

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      Mike Russo 4 years ago from Placentia California

      I have a friend who was able to be part of the ground transportation crew for the transport of the space shuttle endeavor. These series of pictures are very up close and personal of the space shuttle. I thought I would share them with my followers.

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      Mike Russo 3 years ago from Placentia California

      I received an email from the Hub Pages team. They wanted me to rework this hub so that it would be featured. I corrected a couple of typos and changed the title to be more succinct. I also reduced the duration of the slides in the video and added background music. I really like the music, but I could not get raw audio to edit so that I could taper off the music at the end. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Wow. Yes, I agree, it's the end of an era. I'm glad you got to be there in person for the final flight, and thank you for sharing this video with us.

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      Mike Russo 3 years ago from Placentia California

      Paradise7: You are welcome. I think it is the end of an era, but the start of a new one. The new era is about privatizing space travel. There are many private companies that are engaged in transporting people into outer space in the very near future. The only problem is it costs gazillions of dollars and will only be available to the super rich. Thank you for your comments

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