Time lapse video shows space shuttle Endeavour taking to the streets of

first_imgThe space shuttle Endeavour went on its last mission recently, but this one was not to space. Endeavour returned to Earth for the last time in June of 2011. The decommissioned shuttles have been distributed around the country, and Endeavour took its last flight on the back of a 747 to LA late last month. When it was moved to its final resting place across town, the cameras were on hand to make an awesome time-lapse video you’ll want to watch.Endeavour was stored at LAX in the United Airlines hangar after landing. While there, it was prepared for transport with a specially constructed vehicle. The craft began its journey just before midnight on Thursday October 11. The team of shuttle wranglers carefully guided the 85-ton orbiter down wide thoroughfares and cramped residential streets on its way to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.The sidewalks were crowded as the public pressed close to catch a glimpse of this famous piece of American aerospace history. Throughout the video you can see how close the shuttle comes to utility poles, trees, and a few home balconies. Even though the shuttle was hugely expensive and not equipped to get us past low-Earth orbit, many American’s seem to feel a deep sense of pride for the shuttle program. You can’t help but smile a little as people lift up their hands to try and touch the shuttle’s wing as it passes over them.Because of all the trouble getting around obstacles, it took about 16 hours longer to get Endeavour to its destination. It arrived at Exposition Park in the afternoon on Sunday October 14. It will be on display there for many years to come.via LA Timeslast_img

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