Living near one of the designated “fly over” spots for Endeavor’s farewell tour, we knew we’d have a pretty good view from the homestead. As I looked skyward, it brought back memories of watching lift offs from the  NASA launch facility in Florida .  I remember running outside on our central Florida homestead to look up for the  shuttle as it came into view above the oaks and pines trees.  Always a beautiful and memorable sight.

On Friday, some of our friends joined us in the backyard to film this historical moment.  It was both exciting and sad as the realization sank in that this was the end of an era.  I think now that Houston does indeed “have a problem” and, this time, the crisis didn’t happen in space.   Many folks who spent much of their lives dedicated to the program will face employment challenges.

I am not much of a Sci Fi person and the space program  didn’t really impact me a lot except when tragedy struck.   I am more of an earthly-minded person concerned with the future of the earth and its inhabitants. However, it is always sad to see something end, something  which united our country and put us in the annals history.

Jordanne filmed the historical moment as the entourage flew over our home.

She writes:

Shaky footage due to balancing at the peak of a hot asphalt roof in barefeet (don’t ask 🙂 ) and next to the glare of the Urban Homestead’s solar panels!

Higher quality footage available but my internet was taking forever so here’s a compressed version.

Youtube audio used instead of the “got it?” “where is it?” “there! there!” shouts. 🙂

Were you able to see the shuttle from where you were?

What are your thoughts about the privatization of space or do you think we should even care?

:: Resources ::

Shuttle Makes Dramatic Tour of Southern CA



  1. G. says:

    My mother, now deceased, grew up in one of the five boroughs. She spoke of the small businesses withing walking distance from their home. There was the deli where she and her sister would walk to get a pint of cream, and wait as the owner poured a pint into their container. They were sometimes sent to the store to buy cracked eggs or the butcher for a “soup bone” with traces of meat on it at no charge. She loved going to the (store?) with friends when at least someone had money (pennies?) for a pickle. The owner sliced up the pickle so everyone had a slice. A penny would give a good amount of penny candy, and they would spend a long time picking out just the right ones. They always shared. There was the produce store, the grocery store where the canned goods were shelved from floor to ceiling and where you waited your turn as the sales clerk retrieved the canned goods you wanted. There were the schoolmates who would immediately go home to the room behind the storefront, finish their schoolwork, and then help the family in the family store. They lived above the store. Then there were the vegetable man, the ice man, the fish monger, the rag man, and various other business people who would make their rounds for the housewives to purchase or sell.

    There were many independently owned stores in my childhood. I remember going to the fabric store on Main Street, where the fabric bolts were on shelves from floor to ceiling. The owner would use a mechanical grabber to get the bolt of fabric you would like to see. The auto store, hardware store, butcher, and green grocer were still around. There were fabric stores, and knitting stores, and for a time, other specialty stores. Today, I am only aware of one independent fabric store that is still around from my youth, and they mainly focus on decorator fabrics. Didn’t the father on the sitcom “Dobie Gillis” own a grocery store? Or the father from “Happy Days” own a hardware store?

    In the past, people mainly purchased things because they needed it. They purchased the raw materials to make or repair. While thrift stores have been around a long time, during my youth the selection was “poor.” Up until now, the selection of quality goods at thrift stores and garage sales allowed many of us to save tremendous amounts of money due to others’ infliction of “affluenza.”

    It is a terrible loss, indeed. Not due to emotional nostalgia, but because we have lost a “kinder,” “gentler,” society where skills, hard work, and independence was still possible and common place.

    • mia says:

      Your comment brought back a lot of memories for me. I remember much of the same., I even remember horse drawn wagons in the city I lived in selling fruits and veggies!

      I loved the video footage of the Endeavor. Thanks for posting.

  2. Nancy R says:

    What a gorgeous video. It looks like it was taken from your roof. I can’t beleive the beautiful view you have. I didn’t get to see it fly by, but living not too far away from where you used to live in Florida, I have seen take-offs distantly in the sky.

  3. Lisa says:

    Your blog was dead on. We live 45 minutes from NASA in Clear Lake. Mainy people are looking for a job and we felt it was a slap in our faces by Washington DC in not giving our area the Endeaver. We don’t begrudge California just felt it should go back home! Y’all enjoy and appreciate it!

  4. Yui Kazuto says:

    Nice post.Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post thanks.

    Dirk Kettlewell

  5. Rekeying says:

    After serving Nasa for many year this space ship has finally reached to his final destination where it will be available for every to see in museam. This will also describe the history belongs to endeavors. Rekeying

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