Did the Soviets actually build a better space shuttle? Check out the photo comparisons 

Did the Soviets actually build a better space shuttle? Check out the photo comparisons 

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In Focus: A Space Shuttle on the Streets of Los Angeles

The space shuttle Endeavour is on its last mission today, a 12-mile creep through Los Angeles city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier. It is passing through neighborhoods and strip malls, headed toward its final destination, the California Science Center in South Los Angeles. At times, the shuttle has barely cleared trees, houses and and street signs along a course heavily prepared for the trip. The move will cost an estimated $10 million, according to the Exposition Park museum. Gathered here are a few images of Endeavour’s last journey.

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Today in doing things just because we can.

Enterprise craned onto the Intrepid. June 6.
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Space Shuttle Discovery flying over The Atlantic offices at The Watergate.
[Image: @JaredBKeller]

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Space Shuttle Discovery flying over The Atlantic offices at The Watergate.

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The final shuttle launch, STS-135. Here’s how NASA created that awesome visual.

The final shuttle launch, STS-135. Here’s how NASA created that awesome visual.

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Atlantis currently traveling at 12,000 miles per hour, four miles a second

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Atlantis currently traveling at 12,000 miles per hour, four miles a second

Preview of the Space Shuttle, December 1972 Popular Mechanics. 

Preview of the Space Shuttle, December 1972 Popular Mechanics. 

Space War! 
This July 1977 PopMech feature imagines the yet-to-be-launched space shuttle capturing enemy satellites with its mechanical claws. 

Space War! 

This July 1977 PopMech feature imagines the yet-to-be-launched space shuttle capturing enemy satellites with its mechanical claws. 

What’s it like to fly the space shuttle? Eileen Collins, the first female pilot, explains.
Oct 1976 space shuttle preview: How it would perform a rescue operation in orbit. 

Oct 1976 space shuttle preview: How it would perform a rescue operation in orbit.