September 21, 2012 |
Well, they were no Mercury or Apollo missions, but that's the point. The space shuttles were supposed to make the dramatic and heroic single-warrior space mission into something routine, to make it possible for humans to inhabit space with as much regularity and comfort as they might have on a camping trip, if you could go camping in zero gravity. After a victory lap over California on Friday, Endeavour comes to its new L.A. home ferried by piggyback, the way the shuttles used to be delivered from their landing places back to their home base in Florida.
March 11, 2008 |
Space shuttle Endeavour soared into space early today in a rare nighttime launch. Endeavour's seven crew members will deliver a storage compartment for a Japanese lab to the International Space Station -- the first of three lab installments -- as well as a Canadian robot designed to help with outside maintenance. The lab -- called Kibo, or Hope -- is so big that it will require three shuttle flights to get everything up. The storage compartment is loaded aboard Endeavour; the lab itself will fly on the next mission in May. This is scheduled to be NASA's longest space station mission at 16 days.
November 29, 2008 |
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the International Space Station on Friday, ending a 12-day visit that left the orbiting complex with more modern living quarters for bigger crews. Endeavour pulled away as the two spacecraft soared 220 miles above the Pacific, just east of Taiwan. "Thanks for the incredible makeover and leaving the station in fantastic shape," space station skipper Mike Fincke radioed the shuttle crew. Endeavour backed up and completed a lap around the space station, for picture-taking.
November 30, 2008 |
Their work accomplished, space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts got the green light to return to Earth today but were warned "pretty iffy" weather at the main landing site in Cape Canaveral could send them across the country or keep them up an extra day. Mission Control informed the crew that Endeavour had been cleared for reentry following analysis of data beamed down from a final thermal survey. The shuttle was found to be free of any serious defects caused by space junk that could jeopardize the descent.
September 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The countdown has begun for delivery of the retired space shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles, the last orbiter that will fly out of Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a jet. L.A.'s welcome of the Endeavour is shaping up as splashier than Kennedy Space Center's farewell. L.A. is promising a marching band, among other fanfare, fitting for the spectacle of a space shuttle traveling through the city streets ; the program at Kennedy Space Center (expect speeches) is still being put together.
September 21, 2012 |
Endeavour is landing as I'm typing, but I should have been writing this earlier....way earlier. Two weeks ago, The Times published an editorial about the 400-plus trees that are being cut down to make way for the space shuttle's journey from LAX. The editorial backed the move, in part because the California Science Center where the Endeavour will have its new home has pledged to replant with many more trees, as well as provide an arborist to...
April 13, 2011 |
The space shuttle Endeavour — assembled in Palmdale and celebrated as the "jewel of the fleet" — is coming home to Southern California for permanent display at the California Science Center, NASA announced Tuesday, ending a fierce museum competition for among the rarest of space artifacts. "This is a dream come true," said Jeffrey N. Rudolph, president of the Los Angeles museum. Endeavour has yet to retire, though. Its final flight, scheduled for April 29, will be commanded by Capt.
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September 30, 2012 |
The sky was no limit for the space shuttle program in 1991. Three shuttles orbited Earth regularly, and a fourth, Endeavour, had just rolled off a Palmdale production line. With construction of the International Space Station looming, the future was bright for NASA's prized fleet. The space agency planned to use the shuttles for many years, perhaps decades. But Ken Phillips was already thinking ahead. Phillips, aerospace curator of the California Science Center, made an audacious proposal to his boss that year: Acquire one of the shuttles.
May 17, 1989 |
President Bush had lots of company as he saluted the nation's space effort. "We are gathered here today to celebrate the continuity of our space program and really of our country itself, of America herself," Bush said as he shared a White House stage with five shuttle astronauts, nine fifth-graders and nine junior and senior high school students. The astronauts were David M. Walker, Ronald J. Grabe, Norman E. Thagard, Mark C. Lee and Mary L. Cleave, who returned May 8 from a four-day mission aboard the shuttle Atlantis.
September 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Sorry, Houston, you didn't get a space shuttle, but at least you'll get a glimpse of the last one to fly -- on its way to L.A. NASA's plans for delivering the retired shuttle Endeavour to its permanent home in California call for the orbiter to fly on the back of a Boeing 747 over parts of Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico, as well as landmarks in San Francisco and Sacramento, before landing at Los Angeles International...