Space Shuttle

Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit to open today

Space shuttle Endeavour exhibit to open today

If you live in Los Angeles and didn't get a chance to see the space shuttle Endeavour as it was towed down the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center, you have another chance starting today. This chance doesn't involve the space shuttle being towed down city streets, but you will be able see the space shuttle in its new Pavilion. This Pavilion is a temporary spot for the space shuttle until the air and space wing opens in about five years.

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Space shuttle Endeavour to fly over California this morning

Space shuttle Endeavour to fly over California this morning

If you want to take full advantage of the last chance you'll ever get to see the space shuttle Endeavour in-flight you'll need to wake up and get going a bit early this morning. Californians in the Los Angeles basin and San Francisco area will need to be out looking for the space shuttle and its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at about 8:15 AM PDT.

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NASA’s Endeavour begins final journey

NASA’s Endeavour begins final journey

Space Shuttle Endeavour has undertaken its final journey today, blasting off not into space but to its new retirement home at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The NASA craft hitched a ride on the back of a modified Boeing 747, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), and conducted low-level flyovers across a number of important sites including NASA's Johnson Space Center and Houston.

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Stock Toyota Tundra to tow space shuttle Endeavor on the last leg of its final journey

Stock Toyota Tundra to tow space shuttle Endeavor on the last leg of its final journey

Toyota Motor Sales USA has announced that its Tundra full-size pickup is scheduled to be the to the vehicle that drags the space shuttle Endeavour on the final leg of its journey to the California Science Center on October 13. The California Science Center will be the final resting place for the Endeavour. I mentioned previously that the space shuttle's trip down some Los Angeles streets required the removal of old-growth trees, angering some Los Angeles residents.

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South LA residents mourn timber cut to clear space shuttle fly-by

South LA residents mourn timber cut to clear space shuttle fly-by

We all know that the space shuttle fleet has been retired and the remaining space shuttles are making their way to various museums around the country where they will be displayed for posterity. Space shuttle Endeavour is making its way to the California Science Center soon. People in Los Angeles were excited until they learned recently that for the space shuttle to make it down some LA streets, trees had to fall.

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Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Cutting-edge technology has a way of aging and trickling down into consumer products. This is particularly true in technology and materials intended for space travel. Ford has announced that it is using a superalloy that was developed for space shuttle engines in the turbocharger for its 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in some applications. The super alloy allows the turbocharger to last significantly longer than using normal metal alone.

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China’s first female astronaut heads to space

China’s first female astronaut heads to space

This week marks the first in which China will have sent a woman to space - in this case to the temporary space station Tiangong 1. This space module is approximately the size of a city bus and is currently floating 200 miles above the Earth, with astronaut Liu Yang aboard it. She was joined by two male astronauts and traveled to the space station in the spacecraft Shenzhou 9 this weekend. Yang is a 34-year old air force pilot and will be working with her co-pilots to monitor the life support systems of the Tiangong 1 module for 10 days.

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Enterprise space shuttle will be late to New York City

Enterprise space shuttle will be late to New York City

New York City is the kind of place where everyone likes to be fashionably late. And for the arrival of the city's first space shuttle museum exhibition, it looks like Enterprise will be no exception. The vehicle will not make it to the Big Apple as previously scheduled, because the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said there were unfavorable weather forecasts.

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Space Shuttle Discovery up close and personal

Space Shuttle Discovery up close and personal

This week marked the arrival of the space shuttle discovery at its final destination. Discovery is now parked in its hangar at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, never to fly again. I've rarely seen close-up images of the space shuttle that show its true condition. From afar, it looks white and mostly clean. Like many, I have generally presumed the marks on the spacecraft are cleaned up after each mission.

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