Thursday, October 18, 2012

Docking For Donuts: Endeavor On Its Final Journey

The Endeavor, one of just three of five space shuttles left that went into orbit and the last built, recorded 25 missions in 22 years circling the Earth 4,671 times spending 299 days in space. It took Endeavor two days to go the last 12 miles from LAX to the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles to cap it's 123 million mile journey. Some 400 trees had to be cut, power poles were moved, 2,700 steel plates were laid on parts of the route so underground water and sewer systems didn't feel the 80 ton weight of the shuttle and its transporter moving down the road at 2 miles an hour. More than 1,000 police officers and 200 firefighters helped Endeavor maneuver through the city past about a million spectators.

The positive energy of the shuttle celebration and my photo (above) reminds of a poem that one of my high school math teachers once shared which is perfectly fitting:

    “As you ramble through Life, Brother,
    Whatever be your goal.
    Keep your eye upon the doughnut,
    And not upon the hole.“