The space shuttle Endeavour flew 25 missions around the Earth in its career, orbiting our planet many times.
Its final trip was across the country, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. There were a few stops along the way, and thousands, if not millions of people got to see the shuttle as it rode on the back of a 747. On the last day, it flew all over the state of California, thrilling everyone who saw it. In fact, the three members of my family were all in different places that day, but we all saw it fly by.
In my life, I was able to see a shuttle landing, a launch, and this flyby. All were truly awe-inspiring and experiences I’ll never forget. That day I saw the shuttle fly by just over a mile away made me proud not only to be an American, but a human as well.
Last week, Endeavour was moved from LAX Airport 12 miles through the city to the museum. It took 15 hours longer than planned, but it was a great and thrilling couple of days for the city. Mission 26 is the story of that 12 mile journey.