I will always remember this day, Friday, September 21, 2012. My husband and I went back and forth, wondering whether we should pull our preschool child out of class so that we can all experience the once-in-a-lifetime event of the Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over our coastal city of Santa Monica, specifically Santa Monica Pier and Palisades Park, togethr as a family. After hemming and hawing, we finally decided to pull him out of school for a small moment. We barely missed witnessing the flyover because the Endeavour, which was bolted on top of a Boeing 747, along with the accompanying military jets that escorted them, were 10 minutes early in their scheduled flyover to the Santa Monica Pier.
We were lucky enough to solidify the brief experience with pictures.
My husband and I then thought it best for our child to return to preschool, so we parted ways. What we did not know was that the flyover was about to happen a second time. My then infant second-born and I were able to share this magnificent experience together; I say that loosely because she was asleep in her stroller during the second flyover.
Luckily I still had my camera within reach, so that I was able to capture the moment for the rest of my family.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour will eventually land in Los Angeles Airport where it will make its way to the California Science Center in Downtown Los Angeles’ Exposition Park by way of being towed through the Los Angeles County neighborhoods. For sure we will, as a family, make a point to visit the Endeavour at its final resting place. Until then, we will always remember this/these moment(s).
Full coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Los Angeles Basin flyover can be found here.
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