Mission 26th of the Space Shuttle Endeavor: this is its final trip!
Mission 26th of the Space Shuttle Endeavor: Endeavor is making its final trip to the museum!
(photo credit Sandra Oshiro)
Astronaut Mark Kelley has been on two Space Shuttle Missions on the Endeavor. He is going to be on the final mission too: Bitter Sweet! This will be a 12 miles mission and ironically the shortest final mission, but probably the most challenging one: The Trip is on Los Angeles Surface Streets! The last Astronaut who flew the Space Shuttle to land in LAX was NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who flew on Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission to space, talks with the media early Friday morning prior to Endeavour’s landing at LAX.
This final mission has been full of controversy, people have been accusing the coordinators of destroying Trees, and not being considerate of the environment….I could go on and on. I did not write about all this, because I did not want to add fuel to the fire. Now that this mission is starting October 12 – 13 LAX /United Continental Hangers to the north side access road in the morning around 08:00am, hence I wanted to set the record straight prior to the final mission!
The Endeavor finishes its *second* fly-over past Venice beach – I guess it was so nice, they did it twice!
Neighborhood groups and residents aired complaint at the Board of Public Works about pending requests reference removal of trees in Los Angeles, Westchester and the City of Inglewood to make way for the shuttle’s transport from LAX to the Science Center.
The reality: The Science Center has received approval to remove almost 400 trees. In turn the center agreed to replant Four Times as many trees, including larger trees and provide up to five years of tree maintenance and pay an additional $400,000 toward tree trimming.
I am actually impressed how the planners designed the route, 1. To minimize traffic congestions, 2. Make arrangements for the Endeavour’s 78 foot wing span and its height of 58 feet, limiting damage to power lines, street lights and trees. I call that quite incredible!
I would like to send out a special Shout Out to the Westchester Rotary Club for their impressive volunteering “to shepherd the Endeavour as she will linger for several hours in Westchester in the parking lot at the corner of Sepulveda and La Tijera Boulevards.
I am so glad I saw this historic landing of the Endeavour at LAX, as I was flying out of LAX to Boston, Ma. Now I will look forward to visiting the Endeavour at its final resting place!
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