Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Video: Space shuttle Endeavor's final journey features spectacular chase plane footage and the music of the "Blue Danube" from "2001: A Space Odyssey"

This Hunter Communications-produced video is a celebration of the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era as space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, made its way from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles International Airport, arriving Friday, September 21, 2012. 

A compilation of spectacular clips shot by NASA from both chase planes and the ground was edited to the music of the Blue Danube -- the elegant waltz forever associated with the wonder and possibilities of space travel by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The video features flyovers of several NASA facilities the Stennis Space Center, Michoud Assembly Facility, Dryden Flight Research Center, Ames Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Additional, awe-inspiring flyover clips include San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and several of iconic LA landmarks such as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, downtown LA, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Park Observatory and the Hollywood sign. 

While Endeavour's permanent home is being built --, a new addition to the California Science Center in Exposition Park called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center -- Endeavour will be on display in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion beginning October 30, 2012.

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