Yvonne M. Deshayes of Los Alamos was in California’s Bay Area Friday where she captured history on camera. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over the Berkeley Lab during its final flight. After a nearly five-hour aerial tour around California landmarks, the Endeavour touched down at 1 p.m. at the Los Angeles International Airport. In a few weeks, the Endeavour will move to its final home – the California Science Center, which is paying the estimated $28 million cost for shipping and handling the Endeavour’s final flight. Photo by Yvonne M. Deshayes
The Endeavour flies over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Friday on its final flight. During 25 missions, the Endeavour spent 299 days in space and orbited Earth nearly 4,700 times, accumulating 223 million miles. The Endeavour will remain at an airport hangar at LAX for several weeks as crews ready the shuttle for a 12-mile road trip through city streets to the California Science Center near downtown L.A. The Endeavour is the last of the fleet. The Discovery is housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s hangar in Virginia. Atlantis is at the Kennedy Space Center’s visitor center in Florida. Photo by Yvonne M. Deshayes