Music credit: “Keeper of the Wind” by Eleni Hassabis from FirstCom Music
PHOTOS: Endeavour 1991-2012
[UPDATE – September 21, 2012] –Space shuttle Endeavour has touched down at LAX, marking its final landing after a three-decade career in space and bringing an end to NASA’s space shuttle program.
As elsewhere along its choreographed flyover in California, eager fans of the shuttle — filled with both curiosity and nostalgia — gathered at the United Airlines hangar to watch the Endeavour taxi in. A man holding an American flag popped out of the roof of the cockpit of the 747 carrying Endeavour on its back.
[UPDATE – September 20, 2012] — With anticipation building for the space shuttle Endeavour’s Southern California flyover, NASA officials are postponing the takeoff by one hour Friday morning because of fog in San Francisco. The new schedule calls for Endeavour to take off from Edwards Air Force Base in northern Los Angeles County at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:15 a.m. That means Endeavour would fly over the Capitol in Sacramento at about 9:30 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m., before flying over San Francisco and Monterey. The delay means the space shuttle would re-enter Los Angeles airspace around 11:30 a.m. and touching down about an hour later at Los Angeles International Airport.
At long last, space shuttle Endeavour is headed home.
Perched atop a modified Boeing 747, the retired orbiter departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday en route to Houston, the first leg of a two-day trek to California.
NASA has already announced a list of landmarks that includes Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Malibu and Disneyland, but officials with the California Science Center plan to reveal additional sites at a 10 a.m. news conference Wednesday.
Riding piggyback on a modified 747 aircraft, the retired shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday morning for Houston, the first leg in a two-day trip to California. After flying low over several NASA sites across the South, Endeavour will spend Wednesday night in Houston.