NASA Captured the Lonely Last Journey of an Aircraft Carrier

By Attila Nagy on at

This is the loneliest funeral march I've ever seen. This photo from November 5th was taken during a NASA mission called Operation IceBridge, the goal of which is to survey polar ice. But it also captured the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64), a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier being towed by a comparatively tiny tugboat.

The Constellation is destined for demolition after 41 years of commissioned service and 11 years of retirement. The huge Navy vessel will be scrapped at Brownsville, Texas, after towed around Cape Horn on her final voyage. [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center]