I Remember California: From Florida to California (Photos)

We are back home again, back at our jobs today. In our absence, no classes were canceled, no big tasks cast aside. Admittedly, our energy reserves are depleted, but we are relatively rested after what was a more demanding week than we expected. We are happy to be back at our desks, talking with students, and also happy for the memories of the last ten days, grateful that it all worked out. Here, we share a photo essay chronicling Endeavour‘s cross-country journey from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dryden Flight Research Center in California and beyond.

For videos, check the last several posts here at Lofty Ambitions. And we’re gathering a few thoughts to share in Wednesday’s regular post. In the meantime, enjoy the last flight of any space shuttle ever.

Endeavour atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, pulling out of the Mate-Demate Device at Kennedy Space Center on September 17, 2012

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing-747, mated with Endeavour (September 17, 2012)
Note that just a few struts attach the orbiter to the SCA
NASA’s modified C-9 lands at Dryden Flight Research Center. This pathfinder aircraft flies ahead of the SCA to track weather.
The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with Endeavour on top, about to land at Dryden Flight Research Center on September 20, 2012

Endeavour on the tarmac at Dryden Flight Research Center on September 20, 2012

Endeavour rolling down the runway for the last takeoff ever on September 21, 2012
Wheels leave the ground on September 21, 2012

Goodbye, Endeavour. See you at the museum.
But wait! Endeavour returns for a final flyover of Dryden Flight Research Center and Palmdale, the orbiters’ birthplace and safe haven. This was the first of many flyovers on September 21, 2012, after which Endeavour and the SCA landed at LAX, to be hangared by United Airlines until the final jaunt to the Calfornia Science Center via street in October.

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