Monday, December 15, 2008

It's A Bird...It's A Plane...It's A Space Shuttle

It is not every day that a space shuttle flies over your house! Last Thursday my neighbors were able to capture some great photos of the space shuttle as it flew over our cul-de-sac while I was in the land of conference calls. [A big shout out to Tracy for sending them!]

Get ready they are pretty amazing...

Here is a little information about Endeavour for those NASA enthusiast. Authorization to construct the fifth Space Shuttle orbiter as a replacement for Challenger was granted by Congress on August 1, 1987. Endeavour (OV-105) first arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility May 7,1991, atop NASA's new Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (NASA 911). The space agency's newest orbiter began flight operations in 1992 on mission STS-49, the Intelsat VI repair mission.

Endeavour is named after the first ship commanded by 18th century British explorer James Cook. On its maiden voyage in 1768, Cook sailed into the South Pacific and around Tahiti to observe the passage of Venus between the Earth and the Sun. During another leg of the journey, Cook discovered New Zealand, surveyed Australia and navigated the Great Barrier Reef.

You can read more about it here.

Cheers to the year of many surprises, from Obama to Space Shuttles whatever could happen next?

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