One year ago, Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at her last home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Accompanying her on the entire trip from the Kennedy Space Center was Lytro’s very own Stan Jirman and four other photographers. First, he had to fly to Florida, where the team spent a week setting up about a dozen cameras that would capture the first part of the time lapse movie. The cameras had to be serviced round the clock, replacing batteries and memory cards - and at times entire cameras, when they fell victim to weather or old age.
Once Endeavour took off from the Kennedy Space Center for the last time on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft - a modified 747 - the team split in two groups: Two members took a commercial flight to LAX, passing Endeavour on the route, and setting up cameras for the landing at LAX. The other three photographers drove non-stop across the country in a car loaded with hundreds of pounds of camera equipment, arriving with two hours to spare before Endeavour’s landing.
After documenting the arrival and de-mating of Endeavour, the team took a three week rest before returning to Los Angeles for the final leg of the trip - the tow of Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood. This 11 mile long trek took an incredible three full days and was plagued by numerous delays.
Once back at home, it fell upon Stan to process the 350,000 individual camera frames into a smooth time lapse movie. This process took more than a month. The final result can be seen in a movie now published on Time Magazine’s web site, commemorating the one year anniversary of this operation.
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