Shuttle Endeavour lands in LA

Space shuttle Endeavour landed Friday, September 21, in Los Angeles, after having been flown atop a modified Boeing 747 from the Kennedy Space Center.

Media reports said more than ten thousand people in and around the airport witnessed the event.

Endeavour is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA. Constructed as a replacement for Challenger, NASA’s second Space Shuttle orbiter that broke apart 73 seconds after its launch in January 1986, it was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built.

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Endeavour first flew in May 1992. Over its flight career, Endeavour flew 122,853,151 miles and spent 299 days in space. Endeavour flew its final mission to the International Space Station on May 16, 2011. Endeavour was formally decommissioned after it completed its final mission on June 1, 2011.

Reports said the orbiter will be displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California from now on.

Photo: Arnold de Leon