It takes something like a space shuttle trundling through downtown Los Angeles to tempt me to make the trip up to the big city. When I heard that Endeavour's progress through the city streets was being slowed down by tight squeezes, I hopped a train, navigated my way through the LA subway system, and arrived in the Vermont parking lot next to the California Science Center about 20 minutes before it arrived.
Endeavour did not want to go easily into that good night. The baby of the shuttle fleet wanted to bask under a cloudless California sky for a few more hours. I spent about five hours in the hot sun keeping it company, but it was worth it! Without further ado, here's my pictures, photos, and one clumsy iPad drawing of Endeavour's last ride.
All photos on this page © Ellen Brundige
I remember the shuttle traveling through town on it's way out to EAB when it was first built. When the shuttle landed out there, we would get two sonic booms so loud it rattled all the windows. Every time it happened I thought it was an earthquake. The big one!
Loved your drawing of the shuttle going home. I recall watching the first landing so very many years ago on my tiny B/W television, so excited that I took a photo of the screen as the first shuttle returned to Earth and touched down. EF
Great photos Ellen, it had to be an amazing day, sad in so many ways for you, the end of an era. I saw about 10 launches, only 1 from Titusville (12 miles away), the rest from Deerfield Beach (over 100 miles away). The Shuttle program has always fascinated me, and it's sad to see these technological wonders consigned to museums.
Great pictures! It must have been very moving watching her go by. There is a lot of history there.
Ellen, I am so glad you got to see the Space Shuttle up close and to photograph the journey to it's new resting place. A once in a lifetime experience, I suspect, and one you will never forget. Great photos!
Unfortunately, I missed this homecoming, and the closest I ever got to a space shuttle was when I passed Edwards AFB (unknowingly) about 2 hours after a shuttle had landed there. But I vividly remember the horror of watching the Challenger disaster unfold on live TV. It was one of those moments in time that get etched in your memory in great detail.
Awesome pictures of the space shuttle! I once watched a lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida when I lived there. It's breathtaking.
Awesome! I'm jealous!
I don't know anyone connected with the space program and I am so excited for you that you got to be there when the shuttle landed. YOU are my closest personal connection with this bit of human history. Wonderful photologue.