We here at KQED ran to the roof this morning to watch the space shuttle Endeavour fly around San Francisco. It looped around the building twice at 10:30 a.m. before heading down along the coast to Southern California. The actual space shuttle is hitched atop a 747 airliner for it’s final flight. It’s ultimately headed to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

We were impressed.

The Endeavour, named after Captain Cook’s ship of discovery, was authorized by Congress in 1987 to replace the Challenger, which was lost in the tragic launch accident in 1986. Over its flight career – 25 missions in 20 years – Endeavour flew 122,853,151 miles and spent 299 days in space.

KQED’s Quest team is collecting photos of the fly-by.

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