Santa Monica News
Space Shuttle To Make Final Flight Over LA
By Ryan J. Beard
Sep 20, 2012 - 11:00:52 AM

SANTA MONICA—The NASA space shuttle Endeavour will fly on top of a modified Boeing 747 for the final time above Los Angeles on Friday morning, as it makes it way to land and later be transported to its final resting place at the California Science Center. In order to honor the space shuttle, Pacific Park is offering free rides on the Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel. A few fortunate guests will be able to be on the Ferris wheel as the shuttle passes. For your free Ferris wheel ride and a chance to be even closer to the shuttle as it passes over Los Angeles, enter the Ferris wheel line from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00. Endeavour is scheduled to arrive at LAX between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Endeavour’s construction was authorized in order to replace the Challenger and was named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship in which James cook took his first voyage of discovery. It took its first flight on May, 7, 1992 ”“ May 16, 1992 on the STS-49 mission. Its final flight was from May16, 2011 ”“ June 1, 2011. While active, Endeavour flew 25 missions, for a total of 296 days, 4,671 orbits, and 122,833,151 mile traveled.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the final flight of the Endeavour Space Shuttle this Friday at the Santa Monica Pier.


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