Along with the Discovery and Atlantis, which took part in the STS (Space Transportation system) missions, and the Enterprise that was used for initial testing, the Endeavour is (after a second tragedy struck in 2003 when Columbia exploded on re-entry) what remains of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, which was terminated last year after three decades and 135 missions.
With the Lockheed-Martin Orion being selected by NASA as its next reusable space vehicle, the Space Shuttles are now part of the U.S. space program’s history.
The Endeavour, however, had one last trip to make before its final retirement. This time it did not make it into space; in fact, it didn’t even light up its rockets.
The 150,000-pound spacecraft was transported by a standard half-tonToyota TundraCrewMax pickup to its new home, the California Science Center, where it will be exhibited from October 30, 2012.
It was a 12-mile journey that passed through the 405 Freeway and crossed the Manchester Boulevard Bridge. The Tundra, which packs a 381HP 5.7-liter V8 under its hood, was picked not only because of its towing ability, but also due toToyota’s long-standing relationship with the Center.
Engineer and astronaut Garrett Reisman, a crewmember of the Endeavour in its International Space Station (ISS) travel in 2008, was aboard the Tundra that was steered by Toyota professional driver, Matt McBride.
As an option, SsangYong offers a rigid hard top with a hinged rear window that closes behind the tailgate, color matched to the rest of the vehicle.
The Korando Sports is offered in two trim levels. The base SX comes equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel, remote central locking, Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity.
Moving up to the EX will get you leather upholstery with heated front seats, powered driver’s seat, heated, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors.
All models are powered by a Euro 5 2.0-liter turbo diesel generating 153hp (155PS) and peak torque of 360Nm (265 lb-ft) delivered between 1,500rpm and 2,800rpm. A manual gearbox comes as standard while the EX can be equipped with an optional 6 speed automatic transmission.
To commemorate the Touareg’s 10th anniversary, the German carmaker has prepared a limited edition version of the second-generation model, appropriately named “X” (the Roman symbol for 10), which sports a number of special features.
On the outside, the new Touareg Edition X is finished in a ‘Moonlight Blue Pearl Effect’ hue and rolls on 19-inch ‘Moab’ alloy wheels. Other standard elements include a large panoramic sunroof, silver anodized roof rails, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and darkened LED rear light clusters.Inside, Volkswagen dressed the special edition model’s cabin in amber brown Nappa leather trim with a new style of braid embossed finish, while adding decorative inlays in real ebony for doors and instrument panel, plus illuminated front door sills with ‘Touareg X’ letters.
In Europe, the Touareg Edition X is offered with a choice of five engine and transmission combinations, including a hybrid version, with prices in Germany starting at €61,025 for the V6 TDI BlueMotion Technology (201Hp / 204PS) with an 8-speed automatic transmission.