美國奮進號航天飛机2012前往加州科學中心展示

航天飛机奮進號和747運輸机飛過舊金山的金門大橋 - Space Shuttle Endeavour over San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, 9-21-2012

航天飛机奮進號和747運輸机飛過舊金山的金門大橋 - Space Shuttle Endeavour over San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, 9-21-2012

黃達維 David C. Huang, September 2012 USA

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Final Display at the California Science Center

The space shuttle Endeavour, atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, lands at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Los Angeles where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. Today’s flight marks the final scheduled ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

Authorization to construct the fifth Space Shuttle orbiter as a replacement for the destroyed Challenger was granted by Congress on August 1, 1987. Endeavour began flight operations in 1992 on mission STS-49, the Intelsat VI repair mission.

Since 1992, Endeavour flew 25 times before it was retired. It logged 123 million miles in space and circled Earth nearly 4,700 times.

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.

Space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop Carrier Aircraft at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL. 09-17-2012

Space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop Carrier Aircraft at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL. 09-17-2012

The Space Shuttles

The Space Shuttle may be the most complicated machine ever built. As the first spacecraft to be reusable, it launches as a rocket, and can serve as an orbiting platform and lands like a plane.

The space shuttle Endeavour September 2012 flight is the last flight for a space shuttle. The space shuttle Atlantis will remain at Kennedy for display, and Discovery is already at the Smithsonian Institution, parked at a hangar in Virginia since April 2012.


Space Shuttle Endeavour is ferried by Carrier Aircraft over Houston, Texas 09-19-2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour is ferried by Carrier Aircraft over Houston, Texas 09-19-2012

奮進號抵達洛杉磯國際机場 - Space shuttle Endeavour atop the Carrier Aircraft, lands at Los Angeles International Airport 09-21-2012

奮進號抵達洛杉磯國際机場 - Space shuttle Endeavour atop the Carrier Aircraft, lands at Los Angeles International Airport 09-21-2012

2011年5月16日奮進號從佛羅里達州NASA肯尼迪太空中心發射升空執行STS-134最後飛行任務

2011年5月16日奮進號從佛羅里達州NASA肯尼迪太空中心發射升空執行STS-134最後飛行任務

奮進號航天飛机2012展示于加州科學中心

美國國家航空航天局(NASA)航天飛机奮進號(Endeavour)是美國政府批准建造的第5架航天飛机﹐用以替代原有的挑戰者號(Challenger)。奮進號是以 1768年英國探險家詹姆斯‧庫克(James Cook)的第一艘考察船的船名而命名。

自1992年首次發射升空以來﹐航天飛机奮進號19年來執行了25次太空飛行任務﹐飛行了1.98億公里﹐環繞地球約有4,700次﹐成就輝煌。2011年5月16日至6月1日﹐奮進號執行了STS-134最後飛行任務。在為我們美國偉大的航天科技和世界太空探索與有關研究領域作出傑出貢獻後﹐成為第二架退役的美國航天飛机。

2012年9月17日(星期一),航天飛机奮進號從佛羅里達州卡納維爾角NASA肯尼迪太空中心(Kennedy Space Center)﹐搭載在一架747運輸机上面起飛出發﹐途經德克薩斯州休斯敦市(Houston, Texas)飛往加利福尼亞州。

2012年9月21日(星期五),美國航天飛机奮進號與其搭載的747運輸机,在加州做最后一次飛行。按照事先計划好的飛行路線,奮進號和747運輸机飛過舊金山的金門大橋、迪斯尼樂園以及好萊塢等加州的一些標志﹐而于中午抵達洛杉磯國際机場。

奮進號將在洛杉磯机場停留几個星期,之后將經過洛杉磯的大街運往加州科學中心向美國和世界人民展示。

航天飛机亞特蘭蒂斯號和發現號展示

航天飛机亞特蘭蒂斯號( Atlantis)已決定留在 NASA肯尼迪太空中心展示﹐而發現號(Discovery)則移至維吉尼亞州(Virginia)史密森尼(Smithsonian Institution)太空博物館分館展示。

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