Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Space Shuttle Endeavour - California Science Center, Los Angeles, California USA

 On the last day of 2012 (Dec. 31) we went to see Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

 To think where Endeavour has been is mind boggling!
The back and side thrusters can be seen...for precise maneuvering while docking at the International Space Station.

 The back end of the shuttle...

 the nose...

 Some scorching of the tiles is plainly visible.
Even more thrusters on the front sides for maneuvering at the International Space Station.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle Program of NASA, the space agency of the United States.  Endeavour was the 5th and final space worthy NASA space shuttle to be built and first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011.  The STS-134 mission was originally planned as the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program, but with the authorization of the STS-135 mission, Atlantis became the last Space Shuttle to fly.

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