Saturday, September 22, 2012

Endeavour's dramatic final voyage

A few days back, in one of our news posts, we mentioned about the last chance to see the space shuttle Endeavour riding on the back of shuttle carrier 747 - and the day arrived much to the enthusiasm of tourists and onlookers yesterday.

Flying as low as 1,500 feet around some of California's most distinctive landmarks, the space shuttle Endeavour completed its final voyage Friday to cheers and many photos.
Photo: LA Times
After taking off from Edwards Air Force Base on Friday morning, Endeavour headed north, buzzing the state Capitol in Sacramento, circling the Bay Area and soaring over a Golden Gate Bridge packed with onlookers.
As the sound of the plane's engines drowned out the traffic on the bridge and tourists ran to get the best vantage point, screams of “Whooo!” could be heard as the shuttle flew over the suspension bridge.
“It was unbelievable. Did you hear all the clapping? I can't even believe we're here!” said Polly Lestikow, of Centennial, Colo., who just happened to be bicycling across the bridge Friday morning, unaware of NASA's planned show Friday.
Read more: LA Times


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