Space Shuttle Endeavour atop a 747

Late last week, the Space Shuttle Endeavour flew atop a 747 into White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The shuttle continued its journey to Edwards Air Force Base in California. In October, The Space Shuttle Endeavour will be moved via road to a special display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
During the flight, DigitalGlobe captured an amazing image of the shuttle, which can be seen here:


You’ll notice that the color is a bit off in the image. The reason for that, as explained by DigitalGlobe:

In this image, the color offset of the aircraft occurs when a fast moving object is imaged by the satellite as the panchromatic image is collecting just slightly before the color image of the same location. When the image is merged together to make a color high resolution image, there is a slight offset on fast moving objects.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can view it in Google Earth with this image overlay KML file that I created.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. The space shuttle is called Endeavour, not Endeavor. The origin of this name lies in HMS Endeavour, the British naval vessel commanded by James Cook.

  2. Sweet. I found another example of that in Chicago near Lake Michigan. However, the new sat images overwrote it.

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