Toyota Gives NASA a Hand

To prove the strength of the Tundra, Toyota has arranged to help transport space shuttle the ‘Endeavour’ to its final resting place at the California Science Center. The Toyota Tundra will be towing the space shuttle the last quarter mile its 12 miles journey from Los Angeles International Airport the the California Science Center.  Toyota is planning to accomplish this goal by using a specially designed towing rig that allows the Tundra to pull approximately 30 times its regular towing capacity. The vehicle itself will not be enhanced in anyway before the journey.

“Endeavour is the most recognizable icon of the U.S. space program, and to be towed by the Toyota Tundra is an incredible example of the capabilities of the truck, and an honor to be part of the history. The entire journey is something the world will be watching, and gives us a chance to prove that the ‘overbuilt’ Tundra is built to do any job,” Ed Lukes, vice president, Marketing, Toyota USA, said.

 

This event will take place on October 13th to prepare the new exhibition that opens at the California Science Center on October 30th. Joining the ‘Endeavour’ in this exhibition will be the capsule from the Gemini 11 spacecraft mission, other airplanes, and the Tundra that towed the shuttle to the museum. Exposition Park will be holding a finish-line celebration for the success of the Tundra’s journey.

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