Amazing shot of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It recently flew from Florida to LAX, and its currently navigating at 2 miles an hour through the streets of LA on its way to the California Science Center, where it will be on display. This is definitely one day where I wish I was not on the east coast!
Thanks to the Black Tribbles for putting me up on this. Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on the original Star Trek, gave a speech and impromptu song at the Los Angeles landing ceremony. See previous coverage of the trek from Floria to Los Angeles in previous posts here and here.
Ms. Nichols broke ground as one of the first black women featured in a major television series not portraying a servant. She's a very important part of American history, and I'm happy to see that recognized on a large scale. Check out the video of her singing below.
The space shuttle Endeavour has completed part of its two leg journey from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the California Science Center in Exposition Park, in the Los Angeles area. It's currently enjoying a stopover in Houston. There is a fantastic Flickr group of photos, as well as the #SpotTheShuttle hashtag on Twitter.
The rest of the journey is highlighted in this clip from the LA Times:
On Thursday, the 747 will refuel at El Paso's Biggs Army Airfield before heading to Edwards Air Force Base in California, where it will be housed overnight.
The shuttle will depart the Mojave Desert base about 7:15 a.m. Friday and will fly low over Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento, NASA officials said.
There, Endeavour will fly over the Capitol and turn to San Francisco, where those hoping to catch a glimpse of the shuttle are advised to watch from one of several Bay Area museums, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Exploratorium, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Once the shuttle reaches the Los Angeles area about 10:30 a.m., the orbiter will be carried over landmarks including the Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Malibu and Disneyland before landing at Los Angeles International Airport. It will also fly over the California Science Center in Exposition Park, its new permanent home.
Check the livestream of the Houston landing below.