Space Shuttle Endeavour Takes Off On Final Journey
On May 9th, 1991, Space Shuttle Endeavor began its mission run to and from space and after 20 years, it's now over. Earlier this morning, Endeavor, piggybacked on a Boeing 747 made its final journey west where it'll be on display in a museum in California.
I remember seeing the movie "Spacecamp" with Joaquin Phoenix with that little robot. "Max and Jinx, friends forever." I remember seeing "Buck Rogers" re-runs on T.V. and "Return of the Jedi" when I was 5 years old. In the 80's there were a lot of space inspired movies, T.V. shows, and now it all comes to an end. It really is the end of an era.
I never really got into the space program. I didn't want to become an astronaut, or find out if there was other forms of life that were not on this planet. When the Mars Rover landed on Mars, I didn't seem to care. But, when it comes this part of the space program that is ending where astronauts won't be going up in shuttle anymore. It just feels weird. Aren't you used hearing on the news about the next shuttle going up into space with a new satellite, or fixing something that broke on the Space Station?
Once the Space Shuttle makes its way to Los Angeles for its final resting place that will end 30 years of the space shuttle progam, it'll be no more than a memory.
Beginning Oct. 30th, the shuttle will debut on display in the science center's Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, beginning its new educational mission to commemorate past achievements in space and inspire the next generations of explorers.
30 years? Man, I'm getting old.