On Friday, NASA's space shuttle Endeavour landed in Los Angeles, California, after completing its final flight, a cross-country farewell journey with flyovers and stops in Texas, Arizona, and several locations in California. Endeavour completed its last space voyage in June of 2011, and has since been undergoing a decommissioning process in Florida, preparing to be delivered to the California Science Center. Now that the shuttle is in Los Angeles, it will undergo a few weeks of preparation before being carefully towed through city streets to its new home. Collected here are a few snapshots of Endeavour's farewell flight. (Bonus: The last four images are 3D anaglyph images, for those with a pair of red/cyan glasses handy.)
The Space Shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified Boeing 747, flies above Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on its final flight, on September 21, 2012. The retired space shuttle spent its last day in the air on a 5-hour flyover before landing at the Los Angeles International Airport, where it will stay for a few weeks before taking a slow-speed land journey across town through neighborhoods to its final museum home, the California Space Center.
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Inside Orbiter Processing Facility-2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a United Space Alliance technician on a Hyster forklift guides replica shuttle main engine 2 toward space shuttle Endeavour as USA technicians in the aft area monitor the progress, on July 13, 2012. The work is part of Transition and Retirement of the remaining space shuttles, Endeavour and Atlantis.
Space shuttle Endeavour is lifted into the mate-demate device at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on September 14, 2012. The shuttle will be positioned and connected to the top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, with the aid of the device.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, watch the Space Shuttle Endeavor fly over Tucson, Arizona, on its way to Los Angeles, on September 20, 2012. Kelly, Endeavour's last commander, requested that the shuttle pass over Tucson to honor Giffords, who is recovering after suffering a head wound in a shooting rampage last year.
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Media personnel and hundreds of spectators wait with their cameras for space shuttle Endeavour to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, in El Segundo, California, on September 21, 2012. Hundreds of people turned up as early as 6 am to secure a good viewing spot for the arrival of Endeavour.