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Endeavour glides home to its final resting place

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Endeavour glides home to its final resting place


It will never be seen gliding across the skies again. Endeavour the youngest in NASA’s shuttle fleet made its final flight from Florida to California passing some of the state’s iconic landmarks.

In the crystal clear skies tens of thousands turned up to catch the final glimpse of the youngest spacecraft of the fleet.

The 75-ton Endeavour was built as a replacement for Challenger which was lost in an accident in 1986 in which seven astronauts were killed.

The star of the moment above the hills of Hollywood had logged around 198 million kilometres in its 25 missions which included 12 to help build and outfit the international space station.

Like the oldest surviving shuttle Discovery, Endeavour will be retired to a museum but not before one final lap of honour.

The mammoth orbiter is to be driven along a 19 kilometre route in Los Angeles where 400 trees have had to be felled and power lines raised with thousands expected to line the route for its final farewell.

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