Friday, December 12, 2008

Endeavour lands at KSC

Endeavour flew in to KSC piggybacked on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), or a modified Boeing 747.

It left Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday. It stopped at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas to refuel. Then stayed overnight in Fort Worth, Texas at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base. The next overnight stop was in Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana on Thursday.

Landing today was on Runway 33, and occurred around 2:45 p.m. EST.


Anonymous said...

Some friends and I were able to take these photos and video of Endeavour and the SCA on low approach over the 35L runway at Ellington Field. We were on the flight line about 500 ft from the runway while the SCA/Endeavour combo flew at ~150 ft altitude.

pics and video at:

Christopher Lusardi said...

Hello Damaris, I'm still hoping to be contacted by NASA for an interview to enter astronaut training.

Anyway, the horrific events of 911 really hit me hard! When I read Barksdale Air Force Base, I think of President George Bush stopping at that base on September 11, 2001. I still remember when Bush said at the base, "The resolve of our great nation is being tested, but make no mistake. We will show the world that we will pass this test."

I own about 50 hours of actual news video tape from that fateful day MSNBC, ABC, CBS, et cetera.

In closing, I used to have many many friends from Middle Eastern countries, Iran, etc. And, I can testify about these wonderful god fearing people. I state and pray that I do not believe they would ever be involved in a terrorist act such as 911! God bless them and America

Christopher Lusardi said...

Could Seattle soon be home to a retired Space Shuttle?


SEATTLE - Veteran astronaut Bonnie Dunbar has flown five shuttle missions. Her latest mission as the president of the Museum of Flight is to bring one of them to Seattle.

"Imagine the shuttle on top of a 747 flying around the Space Needle before landing at Boeing field,” she said.

Congress could decide to take three of the shuttles out of service in 2010. NASA is now asking museums and schools around the country to apply to house one.

“To me it's seems part of our heritage and history," said Frank Higbie.

If the space shuttle does land here in Seattle, it wouldn't be in the museum as you know it today. It would be in a whole new gallery right across the street from the Museum. And you may not need to pay the price of admission to see it.

"It's a special building. We've been planning it. People traveling down East Marginal Way could see the shuttle through glass as you go by,” said Dunbar.

To go beyond the glass you'd have to pay.

Many places are vying for the shuttle, and the Museum of Flight has been planning for it since the 80s.

Whoever wins would have to pay part of the $42 million it would cost to prep one for the public.

"In most cases the federal government steps in and helps mitigate those costs," said Dunbar.

A decision on where those three space shuttles end up is expected by late next year.

Boeing is a major contractor for the Space Shuttle program

sidd said...

bloggg damaris!

Christopher Lusardi said...

Here is a link to the above story about a new home for one of the shuttles.

This link has a video of Bonnie Dunbar describing everything.