Space Shuttle Endeavour Final Flight, Lands in Los Angeles:The retired orbiter of NASA that dates back to year 1982, Endeavour has made its final flight to Los Angeles. The shuttle landed at the Los Angeles International Airport to be placed at the famous California Science Centre.
Endeavour’s flight was a mesmerizing view for those who saw it flying as low as 1500 feet in California. Hundreds of people came out on the streets to witness the historic space shuttle make its voyage through Sacramento, the Bay Area and then the Golden Gate Bridge. Whirring sounds of the airplane engine carrying Endeavour were drowned by excited screams and laughter of the onlookers. Tourists and residents stood strategically to get the best view of the space shuttle soaring in the air for the last time.
Endeavour had also soared over other locations such as the Griffith Observatory, the Getty Centre, the Hollywood sign, Disney Land and Queen Mary. It also fled past the NASA factories and institutes where it was first assembled by scientists. People gathered at these locations carrying phones, cameras and video cameras, anticipating shooting the shuttle as it flies over them.
Mesmerized people looking at the historic space shuttle said that it looked almost ‘angelic’. A 72 year old Boeing engineer, Terry Hughes told the media that he had goose bumps when he saw Endeavour for the first time, and now he has them today as well. The engineer spent his career testing wind tunnels for the historic shuttle.
The Endeavour has made twenty five historic flights in its existence. The first flight took place on May 7th, 1992 from the 39-B launch pad. The shuttle’s last flight was on 16th May, 2011 during the International Space Station assembly mission. The shuttle was named after HMS Endeavour, which was Captain James Cook’s ship during his first voyage of discovery in 1768.