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Space shuttle Endeavour detachment time-lapse video

Crews spent 12 hours early Saturday morning demating or detaching space shuttle Endeavour from the back of the NASA Boeing 747 aircraft that transported the orbiter to Los Angeles from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Giant cranes supporting a yellow sling raised the shuttle about 60 feet to allow the plane to back out. A special transporter was then wheeled in to move the shuttle into a United Airlines hangar. The transporter will eventually carry the 78-ton shuttle to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

Endeavour will remain at the airport for about three weeks. On Oct. 1,2 it will begin a two-day journey across the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles as it makes it way to its permanent retirement home at the science center’s Samuel Oschin display pavilion.

The state-run museum plans to open the Endeavour exhibit to the public Oct. 30. Read more

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  1. September 24, 2012, 7:34 am

    This has been a great. I would like to say thank you to all who made this possable. lt has a sight to see. We are one proud American family our dad had a small part in building the spaceships. Its sad to see it end.

    By: Cindy current
  2. September 24, 2012, 2:25 pm

    This is a fantastic video, and the music is perfect. What is the track in the background?

  3. June 6, 2013, 10:40 pm

    I was the

    government ispector on the aerlions of all six of the shuttles. I am so proud of them and I cried like a baby when the last one returned from orbit. They are all MY BABIES. I am 86 years old now and I am so proud of being a part of that wonderful program.


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