The space shuttle Endeavour maneuvered through the streets of L.A., at the same time cable technicians raise their cherry pickers to watch and photograph, on its way to its new home at the California Science Center. Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
Space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified 747 Jumbo jetliner, at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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A young physicist from California, on June 18, 1983, took her seat aboard the space shuttle and launched into history. Sally Ride at 32, became the first American woman in space as a mission specialist on STS-7. In this image, Ride monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the flight deck. Image credit: NASA
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)
Why would the shadow of a space shuttle launch plume point toward the Moon? In early 2001 during a launch of Atlantis, the Sun, Earth, Moon, and rocket were all properly aligned for this photogenic coincidence. Image Credit: Pat McCracken, NASA