- Saturday September 22nd, 2012 :: 01:55 p.m. PDT
Space Shuttle Endeavour flies over Compton skyline.
On a busy Friday, September 21, 2012, as the men and women of Compton Station carried on with their duties, history was taking place over the Compton skyline.
The roar of a low flying modified Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet carrying on its back the iconic Space Shuttle Endeavour, could be heard as it flew past the City of Compton on a farewell flyover throughout the Southland. Many of our staff took a moment from their busy schedules to witness this historic event.
The Endeavour's final touchdown at the Los Angeles International Airport, commemorated the end of an illustrious service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the beginning of a new role at the California Science Center.
The Endeavor rolled out from Palmdale, CA in 1991 and was added to the NASA space shuttle fleet as a replacement for the Space Shuttle Challenger. Over a million miles in space, over 4700 orbits around the earth and over 20 years of service, have earned this orbiter a place at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles, where it will be remain to teach the next generation of space explorers the wonders of the final frontier.
The California Science Center will open the Endeavour exhibit on October 30, 2012
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