Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shuttle Endeavour Piggyback

It was another early morning for the Last Shuttle team. NASA had us up at the crack of dawn to get an up-close look at the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it is readied for it's cross-country trip to Los Angeles. This giant structure is known as the mate-demate device. It hoists the shuttle into the air and then lowers it onto the back of the specially designed plane that will carry it across the country.
After it was backed out, I was allowed to climb on the walkways of the structure and photograph it from above.
I took a few photos inside the 747, but they really aren't that interesting. It's a big empty plane, with a small area towards the front to carry about 15 people. But here's a view from the entry door on the side looking up.
This is how she looks from around the other side. 
NASA let employees bring their families along to take a few final photos before it's gone forever.
And I thought you might enjoy this unique view. This is the end of the runway, looking North. We mounted a few remote cameras in the grass here to catch it as it flies over. But look at those clouds! It looks like they painted on. I just couldn't resist taking a few photos.
You can see Endeavour sitting in the distance on the bottom right. It is now scheduled to depart Wednesday morning. Hopefully it does because I need to fly home on Thursday!

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