The Endeavour spaceship seen here orbiting earth was pulled by a Toyota pickup truck on Friday (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
A Toyota Tundra pickup truck was able to tow a space shuttle in Inglewood, CA last night in a publicity stunt by the automaker to spread word about the truck.
The retired space shuttle called Endeavour was on its way from the Los Angeles International Airport to a LA museum being towed by a tractor for most of the way. But once the spaceship reached an overpass to cross the San Diego Freeway, they needed some assistance according to USA Today.
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Toyota had been preparing to help for months, as testers worked hard to make sure their Tundra series could haul the spaceship for at least 100 yards. The company gave the goal a code name as well to make sure the cat didn't get out of the bag too early said CBS News.
Crews from Toyota waited at the spot for a couple of hours before midnight to set up the required equipment up for the pull. The truck was successful in pulling the space shuttle, and the company now has bragging rights over other truck manufactures. At least until another company does something more impressive.
The car that pulled the space shuttle was a silver Tundra with "Born In America" written on the side of it. The message was put on the truck in a move done by the Japanese automaker to remind U.S. residents that the Tundra is manufactured in San Antonio, Texas.
Pulling the 292,000-pound trailer almost seemed too easy for the Tundra, as the four-wheel-drive truck didn't even need to rev the engine much.
Many camera crews were on hand as well, as they filmed the pull most likely to use in a commercial.
Endeavour traveled 122,883,151 miles and orbited Earth 4,671 times since 1992. The spaceship went only three miles Friday. The space shuttle will be on display at the Science Center, according to NBC New York.