LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (Sept. 19, 2012) – Space shuttle Endeavour flew over the Epcot and Magic Kingdom theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida early this morning. The shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center at 7:22 a.m. local time, the final ferry flight of the U.S. space shuttle program. Endeavour’s ultimate destination is the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA., where it will be on display to inspire future generations with the storied history of the Space Shuttle era.
Both Walt Disney World guests and cast members watched as Endeavor flew above Cinderella Castle and Spaceship Earth, mounted on top of a NASA-modified 747 airliner. When a Space Shuttle is mounted above the 747, the NASA term for it is a “ferry flight,” which is quite appropriate since the Magic Kingdom is a place where fairies fly.
- First Flight: May 7, 1992
- First Flight Launch Weight: 256,597 pounds
- Total Missions: 25
- Total Days in Orbit: 299
- Total Orbits of Earth: 4,671
- Total Miles Travelled: 122,883,151