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Space Shuttle Endeavour Visits Ellington Airport

Thousands gather at Ellington Airport for a Firsthand Look

September 28, 2012

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The arrival of Endeavour drew thousands of people to Ellington Airport.
The space shuttle Endeavour brought more than 30,000 people to Ellington Airport (EFD) as it made a Houston appearance on its way to Los Angeles, California.

The shuttle, along with its Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flew into Ellington Airport on the morning of September 19, 2012.

Endeavour is retiring to an aviation museum after more than two decades worth of service.

On their way to Ellington Airport, NASA crew members conducted several flyovers at key landmarks in the greater Houston area, including George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), the downtown skyline, the San Jacinto Monument and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

Endeavour landed at Ellington Airport, where scores of aviation enthusiasts were on hand to get a closer look at the craft that orbited the Earth 4,671 times.

“I wanted my son to see the shuttle at least once in his life,” said Clear Lake resident Paul Luna. “This is the spacecraft that my generation grew up with and I wanted him to have a connection with that.”

Those onlookers gathered at NASA’s Hangar 990, where Endeavour was positioned in such a matter that allowed guests to view the spacecraft from a distance of just 100 feet. The public viewing continued until 9:00 p.m.

“The turnout is just amazing,” said aviation enthusiast Gary Demars. “I think it proves that Houston has a strong connection with NASA’s space program and aviation in general.”

Pilots with the SCA were back at work early on the morning of September 20, as they departed Houston bound for the California Science Center.

While on permanent display at the Center, Endeavour’s will be used to commemorate past achievements in space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

The space shuttle Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit and traveled 122,883,151 statute miles. 

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