How NASA Mounts a Space Shuttle on an Airplane

The Space Shuttle Endeavour just completed its final flight around California today and if you were wondering how a freaking space shuttle ends up on top of a 747, well, watch the video above. It's a mounting process that's not unlike strapping a few bikes to your car's roof (only a wee bit more complicated).

The Endeavour will now be on display at the California Science Center. Enjoy retirement E, you deserve it. [DailyOnTech via Geekosystem]

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This just makes me sad. It's like seeing a crippled hero being put into a wheelchair. And it's even worse because the hero is crippled by not by physical reality, but by the NASA (and thus by the US). This bird will never fly again under her own power; I can't enjoy this video.