Space Shuttle Endeavor over San Francisco

This morning, the decommissioned Space Shuttle Endeavor flew over the northern California today, including San Francisco. It is part of a farewell tribute as en route to its final resting place at California Science Center in Los Angeles. We were able to get a good view of the flyover from the roof of CatSynth HQ.

It was impressive to see so clearly over the city. But it was also a bit melancholy. I was in my early school years when the first shuttle flight took place – I of course had my own model of it (probably more than one), and was enamored with space and space travel in general. With the shuttles now decommissioned, it is unclear what we do next to keep moving forward space-wise. The moon and Mars proposals still seem squishy, and in someways feel like a step backward from the space shuttles when I see the proposed vehicles. Nothing to really bridge the gap between our past in space and the promise of routine travel from science fiction. I hope we can somehow rekindle the shared desire to explore and move into space.

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4 Responses to “Space Shuttle Endeavor over San Francisco”

  1. Tillie and Georgia Says:

    What an awesome shot!
    I am also sad that space exploration is
    not ongoing too( at least with people)
    It would be neat to “blodly go where no one has gone before”

  2. meowmeowmans Says:

    Wow, that is so cool, Amar. I feel the same way … I, too, am left feeling sad at the thought of the shuttles being decommissioned.

  3. AVCr8teur Says:

    Thanks for sharing your view of the shuttle flyover. I am glad it made it to California so people on this coast can see this once-in-a-lifetime event.

  4. Kitty Says:

    It’s great that you got to see it so closely. I saw it on TV.
    It is kinda sad that it’s being decommissioned. It deserved a nice retiring send-off. :)