Endeavour: Where can I see the space shuttle in Los Angeles?
Pick your favorite Southern California destination and chances are, the space shuttle Endeavour is likely to pay a visit.
Anticipated fog in the Bay Area has postponed Endeavour's departure from Edwards Air Force Base from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. That means the shuttle is now expected back in Los Angeles air space around 11:30 a.m., when it will circle numerous area landmarks.
Endeavour will fly over at least the following:
- Los Angeles City Hall
- California Science Center
- Getty Center
- Griffith Observatory
- Queen Mary
- Long Beach Aquarium
- Malibu, Venice and Huntington beaches
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Universal Studios
Police are advising people to plan ahead. Consider taking public transportation or planning where you're going to park in advance. There are likely to be crowds.
The Griffith Park Observatory should be a great spot to get a close-up glimpse and photographs of the shuttle with the city in the background. There’s also plenty of space throughout the park that should offer good views.
With plenty of parking and ample room for crowds, Universal CityWalk should be a fun viewing area as the shuttle flies over Universal Studios.
In Orange County, Disneyland would offer a similar experience. Maybe you can even take a picture of the shuttle with Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.
Downtown, the best spots for seeing the shuttle as it passes over Los Angeles City Hall will probably be tall buildings or the top levels of nearby parking garages. City officials will open the Tom Bradley Tower to view Endeavour's flyover, and they expect spectators to gather at the newly opened Grand Park.
In Long Beach, the parks that dot Shoreline Drive or Ocean Boulevard are probably among of the best places to see the shuttle as it passes over the Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific. The Queen Mary will also offer free admission between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to anyone who tells the ticket attendant the code word "Endeavour."
And if you want to watch the shuttle land at LAX, you’re in luck. El Segundo police are blocking off sections of Imperial Avenue for public viewing. Beginning at 9 a.m., police will close the 300 to 600 blocks of East Imperial Avenue and the 700 block of West Imperial Avenue to traffic, a stretch that includes Clutter’s Park.
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-- Kate Mather and Ron Lin
Photo: The Space Shuttle Endeavour arrives Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times