Ten Photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour′s Final Texas Trip
Thousands craned their necks at the sky Thursday to catch of glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which made its final trip across Texas perched on the back of a 747.
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Perched on the back of a 747, Space Shuttle Endeavour made its valedictory tour over Texas Wednesday and Thursday, stopping at Ellington Field in Houston and Fort Bliss in El Paso on the way to its permanent new home, the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The shuttle also made a pass over the state capitol building early Thursday morning and Austinites gathered throughout the streets of downtown and craned their necks at the sky to catch a glimpse of the spacecraft.
The moment was especially bittersweet for Houston, which, despite being the home of the shuttle program, was snubbed last year by NASA administrators who opted to give the four Space Shuttles to the Kennedy Space Center and museums in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. (Space Center Houston got a life-sized mockup, the Explorer).
BONUS: Video of the Endeavour over Houston, shot from the chase plane.