Camera crews with the City of Las Cruces TV channel, CLC-TV Comcast cable channel 20, were at two different locations to videotape the historic event. One angle is from City Hall where the shuttle riding piggyback on a modified Boeing 747 flew directly overhead. The other angle is from atop the Las Cruces Dam. The two videos are edited together.
The video is approximately four minutes long. It begins with Endeavour appearing as a speck on the horizon with the Organ Mountains in the background, to a full view of the shuttle as it passes over City Hall. “This is a once in a lifetime experience and we want to give people who didn’t have a chance to witness it personally, to be able to see it and as many times as they want,” said Udell Vigil, communications director for the City of Las Cruces. “Having the video online provides a valuable service to our community, given that the nation’s space activity began just over the Organ Mountains at White Sands Missile Range,” Vigil said.
The shuttle was headed from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its final home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA when it flew over Las Cruces. According to a news release issued by White Sands Missile Range, Endeavour is the newest space shuttle in the fleet. It was built as a replacement to the Space Shuttle Challenger and first flew in 1992.
Endeavour flew into space 25 times, completing 4671 orbits of the Earth, and traveling more than 122 million miles. Endeavour’s last flight was to the International Space Station, launching on May 16, 2011 and landing on June 1, 2011.