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Mojave, CA – Citizens all across the state of California witnessed the breathtaking flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour today with low flybys over Palmdale, Lancaster, Mojave, Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Endeavour’s final resting place will be the California Science Center for permanent display next month.
Residents of Mojave and employees at the Mojave Air & Space Port enjoyed spectacular views of the shuttle as it flew over runway 26 at approximately 8:45 Friday morning. Mojave Air & Space Port Chief Operating Officer Kevin Wojtkiewicz stated, “we feel honored to have made the flyby schedule of Endeavour. We had a wonderful crowd on the flight line to witness this historic occasion and it was such an incredible sight.”
While today might mark the end of an era with the final flight of the space shuttle, it marks the beginning of another for the state of California with the signing of Assembly Bill 2243. This legislation limits liability for space-flight companies and was signed today by Governor Brown. Mojave Air & Space Port CEO Stuart Witt commented, “The entire Commercial Space Industry wishes to acknowledge and thank Assemblyman Knight and Senator Fuller for their steadfast leadership in sponsoring this required legislation. We also wish to thank the many members of the Assembly, Senate, local government and Federal Supporters together with Governor Brown for crafting meaningful policy, which is required by the job creators of tomorrow in our exciting new industry. This is a very big step forward and we couldn’t be more pleased at the outcome.”