Toyota has worked up a quick video detailing the brand's involvement in the transportation of the Space Shuttle Endeavour last year. As you may recollect, the California Science Center ran into a hitch when it came to moving Endeavour from LAX to its new home. While most of the route would be covered by a robotically controlled transporter, one portion of the route directed the shuttle over an interstate. Unfortunately, the bridge across wasn't designed to stand up to the weight of the shuttle and its motorized sled.

The Science Center would have to remove Endeavour from its transporter and place it on a lighter, non-motorized sled. That's where longtime Science Center sponsor Toyota came in. As it turns out, the automaker had to prove to the California Science Center that a Tundra could actually tow the massive shuttle, so engineers put on a little demonstration with a stock truck pulling the equivalent weight over flat ground for the same distance. Once the Science Center was satisfied that the Tundra could pull it off, the move was green lit and the rest is history. Check out the short documentary below for yourself.



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      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sellouts. Even worse is that BS cockamamie story at 2:50 as to why they had to use the truck. Yes, we at Nasa NEEDED the help of a Toyota Tundra in order to cross that bridge. Nice. FU Nasa.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota should stop trying to fool Americans into thinking they are an American Company.
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        LXbuilder
        • 1 Year Ago
        The three American made trucks can mop the floor with a Tundra, never noticed how bad this thing sells?
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        You over think things - in a right wing bad way.
      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me guess, the butthurt Detroit boys are wishing a FIAT Ram had done the job.
        Martin Edmonds
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Nope. The big 3 still destroy it where it matters, sales.
          luigi.tony
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Martin Edmonds
          too bad all those sales don't equal SUCCESS. Otherwise they would not have gone bankrupt, and sold to the Italian for pennies.
          rmkensington
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Martin Edmonds
          Yep. Ford outsells Toyota pretty easily in trucks.
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        @luigi.tony
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      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      So many Trolls in here. Did Toyota steal your lunch money? Yes many pick up trucks/SUVs could accomplish this feat, but it was Toyota who was supporting our space program and got the opportunity and now they are making the most of it.
      Chris Zeidler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Which other truck on the market has more American jobs and parts put into it than the Tundra? How about the only gas engine with a 6 bolt main? The first and still only truck with 8 standard air bags? (Crickets chirping)
        meatmeow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Zeidler
        Thanks tundra commercial, I'm like the rest of the idiotic public that doesn't recognized a stunt using gearing that any competent vehicle could accomplish... BLAH bLAH zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
        Jesus!
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        @Chris Zeidler
        Uhm, I am pretty sure Ford themselves employs more people to build the F-series than the Tundra. Let's not even get into Tundra's outdated engine tech, piss poor frames, terrible ride, and cheap, ugly interior.
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      q1ford
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS MAKES ME SICK. DO YOU THINK JAPAN WOULD LET A FORD F150 PULL THERE SHUTTLE. DA... SHAM ON NASA. I'M A WORLD WAR II VET, AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS COUNTRY FORGOT ABOUT ALL THE AMERICANS THAT LOST THERE LIVES OVER WHAT JAPAN DID TO US. BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA..
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        Jake Laird
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        @q1ford
        HURP DURP GET OFF MAH LAWN
        Andre Neves
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        @q1ford
        *caps lock*
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @q1ford
        Well, given that the ISS is a joint venture, in some ways that is there shuttle too. And for that matter, do you remember a city... I think it called Hiroshima. There was another one, Nagasaki if memory serves. And...what did we do to those cities? Oh right, we vaporized them with the atomic bomb. Yes, they attacked us first and killed a lot of people. We fought back and vaporized two of their cities. I think that argument\'s been settled, time to move on.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @q1ford
        The computer you're typing this on probably has at least one thing inside it from Japan. What a hypocrite. DONT YOU CARE ABOUT ALL THE VETS THAT DIED!?! I thank all the vets for what they've done, but seriously, a lot has changed in in 70 years. To say you're not going to buy a Toyota because of what they did during WWII (or even a BMW because the Nazis killed Jews) is just plain stupid.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Look how great this sceme has worked for Toyota, improving the sales of the Tundra. /sarcasm
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      RoflPenguin
      • 1 Year Ago
      The amount of Toyota hate in this comment section is ridiculous, I'm no truck person but jeez. Just because Toyota's a foreign maker doesn't mean you have to get so defensive. If people prefer Toyota's over Ford that's nice and vice versa. I don't see what the big deal is about this whole towing thing. It's just marketing...
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RoflPenguin
        These threads always surprise me You look in the comments section of any other article and you find people from many places who love cars from many places. Start discussing full size pickups and jingoists come out of the woodwork, indignant that anyone would even dare offer an alternative to what dad drove.
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