Best Photo yet I have seen of the Shuttle Transport

26 Sep 2012 admin In G+ Posts

+Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD) 
You guys really need a way to share photos from the site to G+


A Space Shuttle Over Los Angeles 
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Confer (sadly not on G+)
(great Capture of this historic event)

Explanation: It's not every day that a space shuttle lands at LAX. Although this was a first for the major Los Angeles airport hub, it was a last for the space shuttle Endeavour, as it completed its tour of California skies and landed, albeit atop a 747, for the last time. During its last flight the iconic shuttle and its chase planes were photographed near several of California's own icons including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Hollywood Sign, and the skyline of Los Angeles. Previously, in May, the space shuttle Enterprise was captured passing behind several of New York City's icons on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. Pictured above, the piggybacking shuttle was snapped on approach last week to LAX as it crossed above and beyond a major Los Angeles street. Now retired, the space shuttles are all museum pieces, with the above shuttle scheduled to be towed along the streets of LA to the California Science Center.

Comments: 17

  1. Sergey Sus 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    you are right – the best one I've seen so far. Just goes to show – always look for a different location then where everyone is shooting from.

  2. Brent Burzycki 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    This makes me wonder if the APOD here is the real APOD since this was not on their site yet…. hmmm

    That a great photo for many reasons in my mind.. but scale is one of them….

  3. Sam Antonio 26 Sep 2012 Reply


  4. Morgan Tiphagne 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    Excellent! Very good shot.

  5. Niels Launert 26 Sep 2012 Reply


  6. Kevin Fishel 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    This shot is flippin' amazing!!!!

  7. Brent Burzycki 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    +Niels Launert no it is not a fake… it just seems like it based on the fact we never see this type of stuff happen…

  8. Lars Rosing 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    Did they really go that low ?!?

  9. Brent Burzycki 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    +Lars Rosing Landing at LAX i believe..

  10. Lars Rosing 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    If landing its a little late for landinggears that low They should defenately be out, so…

  11. Lars Rosing 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    Flaps is certainly not in ldg mode My judgement : manipulated photo 😉 But still very nice

  12. Sergey Sus 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    the did flyby 2 times. when you mentioned the landing gear not being out. I dont remember it being this low on the first flyby. I have to check my photos as I was a few blocks away.

  13. Brent Burzycki 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    +Sergey Sus +Lars Rosing Well is ure hope its not some photoshopped together thing.. did it have two chase planes into LAX? It was only with one for most of the journey in Northern CA…

  14. Lars Rosing 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    Well if it was over water I believe it, but otherwise…

  15. Sergey Sus 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    its difficult to say, I've looked through my photos (i cant insert them into this post). The plane seems very low and it is very difficult to say….. Starting to get suspicious. I was on Aviation blvd just a few block away.

    +Rob Lopes does that seem to low?

  16. Rob Lopes 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    The photo looks right for one of the fly by's at LAX. +Sergey Sus

  17. Sergey Sus 26 Sep 2012 Reply

    tks +Rob Lopes . I like this photo – one of the best ones I've seen so far because of the location.

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