Space shuttle orbiter Endeavour left the Kennedy Space Center at dawn this morning. It was the last time an orbiter flew over Florida. Endeavour left for its new home, the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
We have video here of Endeavour beginning the flight:
Endeavour flew west, right over Walt Disney World, as seen in video here:
The orbiter mounts to the 747 through these hatches, as seen on shuttle Discovery at the Smithsonian. The same mount points held the orbiter to the external tank. The hatches slammed shut when the external tank was released.
Here’s a look inside the 747, as seen in 1997.
Line to walk through the 747 at a 1997 NASA employee open house.