Today started out pretty much like any Friday…I get the same question, “Wanna go to the ranch?” And of course I did wanna go, so we loaded up the car and left the house early this morning even before Mom had her coffee. However, this time we made one stop on our way north that promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see greatness…and it did not disappoint.
Click here for the Golden Gate flight path! (Thank you Moulfrit Productions for this extraordinary video! Mom’s didn’t turn out too well.)
Endeavour’s final flight was a piggyback ride on a modified Boeing 747 from Houston to California, a journey that included an Arizona flyover in honor of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband and last commander of the Endeavour Mark Kelly (Click here to see the article), a flight pass that split the uprights of the Golden Gate Bridge, and included an incredible 800 foot flyover at Bay Area’s Moffett Field to pay homage to NASA Ames. Endeavour’s final stop was Los Angeles International Airport. There it will be prepped and loaded on a special flatbed trailer that will travel through city streets next month to its final destination, the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavour made 25 successful missions to Earth orbit and back. Rock on Endeavour…you really were the stuff dreams are made of!
In memory of Laika, the first dog in space…if only you knew the extent of what was to come.
Love (and eternal respect and gratitude),