Found: Timelapse video of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final journey

By on October 15, 2013, 9:30 AM

Space shuttle Endeavour arrived at its final resting place – the California Science Center in Los Angeles – one year ago. The trip was supposed to take just 36 hours but given the fact that it was such a huge undertaking, the 11-mile journey dragged on for four days.

Along for the ride was Scott Andrews, a professional photographer that has photographed nearly every manned shuttle launch since his first as a 12-year-old boy in 1966. Andrews, along with his son Philip and former Apple software engineer Stan Jirman, captured the historic move from start to finish and produced the time-lapse video embedded below.

The six-and-a-half minute clip was put together using 12 cameras that captured more than 350,000 photos – or 6TB of data. Combing through the images to select just the right ones for the video, stitching it all together and editing the frame-to-frame transitions took roughly 100 man hours and 22 CPU days. The shuttle will never fly in space again but thanks to their work, we can enjoy its last journey time and time again.

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t3chn0vamp said:

Great video. Thanks for sharing

Mavrickx888 Mavrickx888 said:

Very cool! It was inspiring for some reason... despite the space shuttle basically going to its final resting place.

1 person liked this | 9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I've seen those shuttles in person. You don't realize just how big they are until you see them crawling down a city street, needing to shift side to side to clear telephone poles, trees, etc. Nice video, fitting end to the shuttle program.

Fill F Fill Fill F Fill said:

Nice. It's a little weird at the same time, too, because the Shuttle was engineered to deploy spy satellites. Nixon signed off on the shuttles and there's no coincidence that Corona spy satellites neatly fit into the cargo bay. We're in an age now with NSA spying on a massive scale without having to develop a rocket ship. We can do it all on the ground, all it takes is a data center... a lot cheaper, or at least more bang for the buck.

Guest said:

Great Video and awesome editing work :)

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