It's late and I'm on a cold, wet hillside pressed up against a chain-link fence with a whole bunch of other tired, cranky photographers and journalists. But I don't mind one bit, because seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavour in person, up close is an incredible sight.
We've seen the Space Shuttle Endeavour flying home to Los Angeles in still photos and in video, but we've never seen it like this: from the cockpit of one of its F/A-18 escort fighters.
Today the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew into Los Angeles to enjoy a sunny retirement and possibly start dating some younger aircraft. Happily, NASA gave the Shuttle a great tour of Los Angeles, including two flyovers of Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign.
On September 20th, the 26th and final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be a perilous journey to that most strange region of space, Los Angeles.
If there's anyone reading this who hasn't pretended their car was a spaceship on a long, boring night drive in the middle of nowhere, then click that close box now. A dark road, the glow of your instruments, stars in the sky — why wouldn't you pretend to be in a spaceship?
These days, photos of Space Shuttles piggybacking on 747’s tend to signal their last trips. For Enterprise, the prototype Shuttle used by NASA to test the concept, one of those last trips came almost thirty years ago.
Today between 10:30 am and 11:30 am the Space Shuttle Enterprise will make its final landing at New York City's JFK Airport, but first it's going to circle Manhattan.
With the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and only one more launch before the program is retired, NASA officially announced the shuttle's replacement today: the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). How uninspiring of a name is that?
Today's final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour was remarkable for several reasons, a minor one being that NASA launched with low-hanging clouds over Cape Canaveral — leading to a remarkable photo from a Delta airline passenger.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour launches for the last time in what is the second-to-last shuttle mission. We're T-9 minutes as of publishing this, watch it live here.
Washington was not the first word spoken on the moon. When a situation turns bad no one says "Los Angeles, we have a problem" because no wants help from Charlie Sheen. Houston is Space City, the birthplace of the shuttle program, and the rightful home of one of the retired shuttles.
Space Shuttle mission STS-133's not even back on Earth yet, but our friends at NASA have already edited together this amazing HD video of Discovery's last takeoff and orbit before retirement. It's simply amazing.
Taken by a NASA employee after a Shuttle landing as it's being transported to the hangar bay. [Reddit]