Endeavour looks incredible flying over Los Angeles en route to LAX. It was the last flight for this space shuttle, as it completed its tour of California skies and landed, atop NASA‘s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified 747 jetliner, for the last time. Image credit: Stephen Confer. http://astroimages.photoshelter.com/
The flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest shuttle and the second to last ever launched. The numerous panels and displays allowed the computer-controlled orbiter to enter the top of Earth’s atmosphere at greater than the speed of sound and (thirty minutes later) land on a runway like an airplane. Image Credit Ben Cooper (Launch Photography)
The Nasa space shuttle has been launched 135 times, carrying 355 astronauts a total of 870 million kilometres. The first launch of the space shuttle was on April 12, 1981, with the launch of space shuttle Columbia. Four other shuttles – Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour – were made.