Posted 8:45 AM 9/20/2012 : Shuttle Endeavour to fly over Tucson at about 11:15 a.m.
EL PASO, Texas - NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with space shuttle Endeavour mounted on back is set to fly over Tucson at about 11:15 a.m. Tucson time.
News 4 Tucson will air the fly-over live on-air and on KVOA.com - tune in between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to watch!
The SCA landed at Biggs Army Air Field in El Paso, Texas at about 7:12 a.m. Tucson time this morning, and is set to depart at 10 a.m., according to a news release from NASA. The SCA and Endeavour will make low-level flybys of the White Sands Missile Rance and NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, followed by a flyover of Tucson, en route to California.
The aircraft and shuttle are scheduled to arrive at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base at about noon Tucson time.
NASA Television will air live coverage of the landing at Edwards Air Force Base and tomorrow's sunrise departure, en route to Los Angeles, where it will eventually go to the California Science Center.
Commander Mark Kelly lead the Endeavour on it's final mission in to space last year; the 14-day mission had the shuttle delivering scienctific equipment and parts to the International Space Station. Mark Kelly is the husband of fomer congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Below is a brief synopsis of NASA's space shuttle program on NASA.gov:
"NASA's space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continued to set high marks of achievement and endurance through 30 years of missions. Starting with Columbia and continuing with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, the spacecraft has carried people into orbit repeatedly, launched, recovered and repaired satellites, conducted cutting-edge research and built the largest structure in space, the International Space Station. The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, ended July 21, 2011 when Atlantis rolled to a stop at its home port, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"As humanity's first reusable spacecraft, the space shuttle pushed the bounds of discovery ever farther, requiring not only advanced technologies but the tremendous effort of a vast workforce. Thousands of civil servants and contractors throughout NASA's field centers and across the nation have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to mission success and the greater goal of space exploration."
Image above: Space shuttle Endeavour, secured atop the modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome during the flight from Kennedy to Houston. Photo credit: NASA
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