Friday, September 21, 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour Ends its Journey

Today, Datavo saw history flying in the sky. A few of my coworkers and I were able to see the Endeavour Space Shuttle flying for the last time from right outside our office.

Endeavour was delivered by the Rockwell International Space Transportation Systems Division to NASA in May 1991 and first launched a year later, in May 1992. Endeavour was the fifth and final space worthy shuttle that NASA built and was a replacement for the space shuttle Challenger.  It was named after the British ship HMS Endeavour, that is why it spelled in British English instead of American English (Endeavor). It flew its final mission in May 2011 and was decommissioned immediately after. 

NASA has ended the American Space Shuttle Program and retired all of its Space Shuttles. Each one has been delivered to its final site. Endeavour is the last one and has landed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and will be moved through the streets of Los Angeles (La Tijera, Manchester, Crenshaw, and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards) to its final resting place at the California Science Center sometime in October. 

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