Endeavour, the last space shuttle ever built, has reached its final destination after a 10-hour journey. The shuttle, which was hoisted 200 feet overhead by a crane, was gently lowered outside the California Science Center. This historic moment marked the last leg of Endeavour’s 19-year career.
The shuttle achieved a rare position as it was stacked vertically and affixed to an external tank and two solid rocket boosters. This is the first time such an assembly has taken place outside of NASA or Air Force facilities. The unique positioning of Endeavour is a significant step towards establishing the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.
Astronaut Garrett Reisman expressed his excitement about the shuttle’s new location, describing it as a true vantage point of the orbiter. The next phase of the process will involve attaching Endeavour to the external fuel tank, which is expected to take a couple of days.
To protect the shuttle, it was shrink-wrapped and will remain covered until the construction of the Oschin Center is complete. Despite the delay in publicly accessing Endeavour, the space museum and exhibits are expected to be ready for the public in a few years. This will provide an opportunity for space enthusiasts, aspiring astronauts, and curious visitors to witness the marvels of space exploration up close.
The final journey of Endeavour marks an inspiring milestone, aimed at motivating and inspiring the next generation of space explorers. Its presence at the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will serve as a testament to human ingenuity and determination in the pursuit of knowledge beyond Earth’s boundaries.
This remarkable achievement signifies the end of an era for space shuttles, but also opens up new possibilities for further space exploration. As the world eagerly awaits the official opening of the Oschin Center, the legacy of Endeavour will continue to inspire and ignite the imagination of those who dream of reaching for the stars.
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