On Friday, September 21, 2012 Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105) flew for the last time. For this flight, the orbiter hitched a ride atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for a farewell tour around Southern Calfornia. Paying its respects to such landmarks as Jet Propulsion Labratory (JPL), Universal Studios, Disneyland and downtown Los Angeles to name a few, Endeavour was greeted by thousands of onlookers everywhere it went. Endeavour, the youngest of the now-retired shuttle fleet, was built in response to the loss of Challenger and placed into service in 1992. Over it's storied career Endeavour flew 25 missions for a total of 122,853,151 miles and spent 299 days in space. She touched down for the final time on June 1, 2011 before being permanently decommissioned.
Following a brief stay at Los Angeles International Airport Endeavour will travel by land through the streets of LA to ultimately spend the rest of its days proudly displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California. Once open to the pubic visitors from around the world will be able to enjoy this enormous piece of history for years to come.
Personally, it was a huge honor to photograph Endeavour's final flight as it's the only shuttle in the remaining fleet I never had the chance to photograph during launch. It was nice to share the moment with friends, fellow photographers and fellow aerospace enthusiasts.
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