A Once Opportunity

Published September 24, 2012 by theycallmemrstibbs

I call it a “once opportunity” taken from the mouth of LA’s Mayor Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa, he said that this is not a once in a lifetime opportunity but a ONCE opportunity.
And that it was.

Of course I’m talking about the possibility of the Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over head on September 21, 2012. There was the slim chance that it would not fly over Pasadena but as it was going to be flying over the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) we thought we could hazard a chance. I say fly over, I mean Piggy Backing on a Boeing 747.

By we I mean myself and the lovely Dr. Tibbs who came home from work to be able to share this experience, because seriously if we were in the UK how many of these chances would we get? Answer : NONE

So at 11am we turned on KTLA5 news as they were keeping Southern California up to date with the location of the shuttle. The news showed the journey when they joined it travelling over the state capital Sacramento, wow it was impressive. It made me think that I’d have loved to live here when the shuttles were being launched regularly. But unfortunately I wasn’t I was still  in the UK.
We started hearing from Caltech that they had some of there students and staff making their way up onto the roofs at Caltech to watch the shuttle being piggy backed over

So of course we started getting excited and we went on up to the sun deck in our apartment building which after the actual roof is the highest place in the building and the safest place by far.

Slowly but surely neighbours came out also to look, so it became a small social event all of us taking different positions on the roof to spot the Endeavour.
Then low and behold one of our neighbours shouted “There behind the Palm Tree” we all rushed frantically to look west and there it was flying slowly but surely towards Pasadena.


With the above picture you can imagine the excitement.

Then she continues coming closer.

And closer.

Until she did a full circle which felt like our building was the centre of obviously it wasn’t but it damn sure felt like it.

She completed her journey towards the east and then moved slightly to the north.

Passing the mountains in from of the apartment building travelling west bound.

Then taking a small loop to the south heading towards Disneyland in Anaheim.

KTLA5 continued following her until she came to her place of storage at LAX it was all very emotional from people watching to the people presenting the news, however, Endeavour is home now in Southern California, where she was built.

I even took photos of the news just so i would have a permanent record of this.

Above are the pictures of her taxiing in.

However we will be heading to her new home The California Sciencentre, to watch her be delivered October 12 & 13.
No doubt I will post more pictures then.

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