After wowing people over Washington D.C. and New York City with Enterprise and Discovery, the Endeavor will be making its final flight ever over California in just a couple of hours. Endeavor flew from Houston to Edwards Air Force Base yesterday after noon, and in just a couple of hours from now, the 747 carrying the orbiter will lift off and head to LAX where the Shuttle will sit until it’s driven to its final resting place next month.
As with the flyovers of the two other cities, NASA will fly the shuttle low over California from Sacramento down to Los Angeles; causing massive accidents on the 405 as people stop to try to see it. They’ve released a list of areas they’ll fly the shuttle over later this morning:
Any time after 9:30 a.m. PDT, watch for Endeavour from viewing locations that include the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, the California State Capitol, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Next the aircraft will travel south, making a pass over NASA’s Ames Research Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base before heading into the Los Angeles area.
Any time after 11:30 a.m., watch for flyovers of Endeavour passing landmarks such as the California Science Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Disneyland, The Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Malibu Beach, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Queen Mary, Universal Studios and Venice Beach. Endeavour will land about 12:45 p.m., at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) .
Some of those promise to deliver amazing images of the shuttle. Once it lands in LAX it’ll remain there until October 12th, at which point the ship that’s flown millions of miles will be driven twelve miles to the California Science Center. Environmentalists are throwing epic fits over that run as about six hundred trees will need to be cut down for the trip to the museum.