1. Endeavour is the youngest orbiter, the space shuttle made of spare parts to replace Challenger. Building this new orbiter was deemed less expensive than updating Enterprise for spaceflight. 2. Endeavour takes its name—and British spelling—from the ship upon which Captain James Cook first set out to chart the globe. American schoolchildren weighed in on the selection of this name. 3. Endeavour’s first flight was STS-49 in … Continue reading 10 Things You Should Know about Endeavour
It’s been two years since we began following the end of the space shuttle program. On September 18, 2010, we published a piece about I Dream of Jeannie. We hadn’t yet visited Cocoa Beach, the Space Coast town where Jeannie and astronaut Anthony Nelson lived in that television series. We hadn’t yet been to Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) and seen the façade of the … Continue reading I Remember California: Recap, Thus Far
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 … Continue reading I Remember California: From Florida to California (Photos)
We spent more than a week following Endeavour‘s final departure from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its birthplace in California. In posts from the last few days, you can watch Lofty Ambitions’ EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of “180 Degrees of Endeavour,” as well as our videos of the landing and takeoff at Dryden and our video of Endeavour‘s departure from KSC. In today’s post, we share some of our photos from the … Continue reading I Remember California: The Family Photos
Temperature at Dryden Flight Research Center: 180 degrees (at least it felt like it) Perspective on Endeavour: 180 degrees Almost Two Years of Following the Space Shuttle: Costly and Priceless Continue reading I Remember California: 180 Degrees of Endeavour
This is our 300th Lofty Ambitions post. Perhaps this is some tortured logic, but it almost didn’t happen. There would have been a 300th post, but it almost wasn’t about being out in the Mojave desert together and watching Endeavour‘s arrival/departure sequence at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC). On Wednesday, while Anna put her working life back in order after five days spent at … Continue reading I Remember California: Hello, Goodbye, and Happy 300th
The last three days have been about logistics as much as anything to do with shuttle: delayed flights, cancelled flights, rebooking flights, new hotel reservations, and picking-up and dropping-off rental cars. We knew that catching Endeavour in the act—watching the Florida departure and the California arrival—would require juggling our existing obligations with our desire to see this penultimate chapter of the Space Transportation System. At … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour, Departed.
As with any long-term project: life intervenes. Anna has to be back in California on Tuesday for class and for the opening poet of this year’s Tabula Poetica reading series, Victoria Chang. It’s a coast-to-coast day for Anna (after a five-hour, go-nowhere attempt yesterday). Her day begins with a 6:40 a.m. flight to Dallas and then onto California and home. Doug will spend most of … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour, Still Delayed?
We’ve experienced shuttle launch delays before, and we had worried that the weather couldn’t possibly be sunny the whole of Endeavour’s planned flight path today. Still, when news came that there would be a twenty-four-hour slip in the start of the impending ferry flight, we felt a little sick. We’ve come to think of Endeavour as our orbiter—the one we saw at Edwards Air Force … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour Delay
We arrived at the Space Coast on Friday evening, checked into our meager hotel, and headed to El Leoncito for dinner, where we could see Kennedy Space Center across the water. This morning, we rose at 4:00a.m. to get our media badges and watched the space shuttle Endeavour, mated to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, back out of the mate-demate structure. Here are photos to chronicle our recent … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour Mating