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September 20, 2012
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Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour, top, mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flies over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flies over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Jae Hong photo

Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

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The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Endeavour returned to its California roots after a wistful cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband.

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The space shuttle Endeavour makes its final flight as it flies over the Organ Mountains after doing a fly-by over the White Sands Missile Range and then over the city of Las Cruces, N.M. on its way to Edwards Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

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Ashely Olson, left, poses with her sisters, Alexis, center, and Alyssa in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Endeavour returned to its California roots after a wistful cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband.

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The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Endeavour returned to its California roots after a wistful cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband.

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Vietnam war veteran Steve Davis take pictures of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Endeavour returned to its California roots after a wistful cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband.

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Elizabeth Danirjian, 5, of Santa Clarita, Calif., looks at Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) after it landed at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Endeavour returned to its California roots after a wistful cross-country journey that paid homage to NASA workers and former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband.

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Bill Mader of Las Cruces looks towards the Organ Mountains waiting for the space shuttle Endeavour to make its final flight over the Organ Mountains and then over the city of Las Cruces NM on its way to Edwards Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Mader’s brother Dr. Thomas Mader of Anchorage Alaska had a experiment for “ocular pressure” on one of the space shuttles.

Jim Thompson photo

The space shuttle Endeavour makes its final flight as it flies over the Organ Mountains after doing a fly-by over the White Sands Missile Range and then over the city of Las Cruces NM on its way to Edwards Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.