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Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Flight as Seen From Space

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posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 06:49 PM
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final flight last week was likely one of the most photographed plane flights in history. Riding piggyback on a specially adapted Boeing 747, Endeavour’s farewell tour took it from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles International Airport, cruising over cities including New Orleans, Houston and San Francisco along the way, creating photo ops everywhere it went for professionals and amateurs alike.

The flight was even captured by Digital Globe’s satellite as it flew over White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in the image above that was highlighted today on Google Earth Blog. This great image is an interesting, almost sad reversal of the photos we are used to seeing of the shuttle heading away from Earth toward space.



The odd blue “shadow” beneath the planes is not a shadow, but a discoloration. Google Earth Blog has this explanation from Digital Globe: “In this image, the color offset of the aircraft occurs when a fast moving object is imaged by the satellite as the panchromatic image is collecting just slightly before the color image of the same location. When the image is merged together to make a color high resolution image, there is a slight offset on fast moving objects.”





posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 06:54 PM
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Is this really the final flight,.
or will there be a few more?
jus wunderen how many final ones there are



posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 09:22 AM
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Originally posted by Lil Drummerboy
Is this really the final flight,.
or will there be a few more?
jus wunderen how many final ones there are


Each remaining shuttle only had one "Final Flight" (I mean only one flight for each to their final museum destinations).

- Endeavour's final flight was last week to its final display space at the California Science center.
- Discovery's final flight was in April 2012 to The Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
- Enterprise's (which is the non-space worthy test vehicle) final flight was also in April, and went to the USS Intrepid Museum in New York City.
- Atlantis' final museum display location will be the Kennedy Space center in Florida. Atlantis is already in Florida, so I don't think it will be taking a final flight.



edit on 9/25/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)



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