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Endeavour takes victory lap over California

09-22-2012 08:07 BJT

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The space shuttle Endeavour took off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base for a last airborne victory lap over California. Bolted to the top of a jumbo jet, it’s en route to its final frontier and retirement home: a science museum in Los Angeles.

Riding piggyback on a modified Boeing 747, the spaceship departed at 8:17 a.m. on the final leg of its cross-country trip that began on Wednesday in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The departure was delayed by about an hour due to early-morning fog over the San Francisco Bay area.

The Boeing 747 with the shuttle took off into clear blue skies and circled back for a flyover over Edwards.

The space shuttle Endeavour took off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base for
a last airborne victory lap over California.

After making low-altitude passes over some of California’s best-known landmarks, Endeavour and its carrier jet landed at Los Angeles International Airport.

Friday’s flight from Edwards, about 160 kilometres north of Los Angeles, marked Endeavour’s last ferry flight, and the final airborne journey for any of NASA’s three surviving shuttles.

The space shuttle Endeavour took off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base for
a last airborne victory lap over California.

The space shuttle Endeavour took off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base
for a last airborne victory lap over California.

The space shuttle Endeavour took off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base for
a last airborne victory lap over California.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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