MarketMAPS takes a look at Space Shuttle Endeavour’s victory lap around California before its retirement.
If you were lucky enough to be in California a few weeks ago, and the skyline was clear enough, you might have caught a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final flight. Piggybacking on a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, the space shuttle’s final destination was LA International Airport. On October 30th, the shuttle will trek another 12 miles to become a main attraction at the California Science Center, its new permanent home.
Endeavor was first launched in 1991 to replace the Challenger Space Shuttle, which exploded upon liftoff in 1986. Since then, it has made 25 trips into space and logged more than 120 million miles. NASA decided to retire the space shuttle when it shifted its focus away from low-Earth orbit exploration.
Many described Endeavor’s final journey as a victory lap. Taking off from the Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, it flew to Tucson, Arizona before making its way to Northern California. After circling the state capital in Sacramento, the shuttle flew at low altitudes over San Francisco and the Bay Area. It moved on to Silicon Valley, Long Beach, and Anaheim before its final decent into LAX.
Those who witnessed the flyover expressed both sorrow over the shuttle’s retirement, as well as excitement for the future of even greater celestial journeys. If you’re looking for a way to commemorate Endeavor’s final journey over California, try a map. MarketMAPS publishes maps for every area in California, the US, and the World. Display a California wall map in your home to honor the shuttle’s final flight.
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