Endeavour's final voyage

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Oct. 20 2012 7:00 AM

Endeavour's final voyage

The Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour made its way from LAX to the California Science Center a few days ago. A huge throng of people showed up to watch and take pictures. Among them was Matthew Givot and his team, who took many thousands of pictures, and then created a stunning and moving time lapse tribute to NASA's youngest and now-retired Orbiter.

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That was wonderful. As I've written several times, my feelings about the Shuttle program are mixed. But even as this amazing machine is put on display, Earthbound forever more, I'm hopeful about American space flight. We stand on the cusp of the future, and it won't be long before we make that next giant leap.


Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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