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Air Force Col. Steven Nagel joined NASA in 1978 and flew four space shuttle missions, logging more than 700 hours in space. He retired from the space agency in 2011. Nagel died of cancer on Thursday.
August 23, 2014 The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.
Endeavour passed by the Golden Gate Bridge today.
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September 21, 2012 Carried atop a cargo jet, the shuttle is set to take off from Edwards Air Force Base at 8 a.m. PT. It will fly low over Sacramento, San Francisco and Monterey on its way to Los Angeles.
Space shuttle Endeavour, attached to a 747, on the tarmac at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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September 19, 2012 The third of the fleet of four to head off to a retirement home, the shuttle will end its journey in Los Angeles. Along the way it will stop in Houston. There will also be flybys, weather permitting, over San Francisco and Sacramento.
April 12, 1981: Columbia was the first shuttle to launch.
April 12, 2011 They'll be going to California, Florida, New York and Virginia.
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