Endeavour's Last Voyage
How can a Toyota Tundra with a 10,000-pound towing capacity pull a 300,000 pound space shuttle? Scott Benjamin of CarStuff delves into the physics at play during the space shuttle's final journey to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Shuttle Endeavour made a big splash on the streets of Los Angeles while being moved from LAX to the California Science Center (CSC) -- navigating 12 miles of streets, boulevards and stop signs. But the task is by no means a simple matter of logistics.
Spacecraft are expensive, complex machines that allow us to explore the universe. But what happens when it's time for them to retire? We'll share what it takes to turn a space-worthy craft into a museum-worthy one.
Towing the Space Shuttle
Endeavour's Last Trip
10 Heaviest Objects Moved
Turn Spaceship Into Museum Piece
Mankind's Greatest Lifting, Moving and Hauling Feats
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When the Eagles sang "Take It to the Limit," they weren't referring to your car's towing capacity. There's a rating that defines how much weight your car can handle. Heed this magic number, and you'll be taking it easy on the highway.
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