Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at LAX
Endeavour, sitting on top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA, lands at Los Angeles International Airport on September 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
(CBS News) Space Shuttle Endeavour finished its tour of California Friday afternoon, landing at Los Angeles International Airport after a four-day cross-country journey than began in Florida and will end in October with a street parade through Los Angeles to the California Science Center.
Endeavour's final flight was on the back of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a Boeing 747 specially modified to support the spacecraft's weight. The pair flew over several California sites including the state capital of Sacramento, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and Disneyland.
Endeavour's farewell tour
Endeavour is NASA's youngest space shuttle and is the only orbiter to go on public display in California, the birthplace of the U.S. shuttle fleet. The orbiters were built at a facility in Palmdale, Calif., and occasionally returned for service overhauls during NASA's 30-year space shuttle program.
NASA built Endeavour as a replacement for the orbiter lost in the tragic Challenger shuttle disaster of January 1986, which killed seven astronauts. Endeavour made its first flight in 1992 and was retired in June 2011 after completing its final mission. In all, the launched 25 space missions and flew nearly 123 million miles during its spaceflight career.
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