NASA delays Endeavour takeoff because of Bay Area fog
NASA officials are postponing the takeoff of the space shuttle Endeavour by one hour Friday morning because of fog in San Francisco.
The delay will "give us a better chance of having the fog burn off," NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center said in a tweet.
The new schedule calls for Endeavour to take off from Edwards Air Force Base in northern Los Angeles County at 8:15 a.m. instead of 7:15 a.m. That would mean Endeavour would fly over the Capitol in Sacramento at about 9:30 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m., before flying over San Francisco and Monterey.
The delay would mean the space shuttle would re-enter Los Angeles airspace during lunchtime, entering the region around 11:30 a.m. and touching down about an hour later at Los Angeles International Airport.
The decision to delay the shuttle's path over California by one hour was jointly made by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the California Science Center museum.
Californians have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Endeavour, which will be retired for display at the California Science Center. The space shuttle left Houston on Thursday morning, passed through Tucson, and landed Thursday afternoon at Edwards Air Force Base for an overnight fueling stop.After it lands at LAX on Friday, the shuttle will be housed at a United Airlines hangar until Oct. 12, when it will begin a two-day celebratory trek through the city's streets to the museum's new Samuel Oschin display pavilion.
Endeavour will fly over at least the following sites:
- Los Angeles City Hall
- California Science Center
- Getty Center
- Griffith Observatory
- Queen Mary
- Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
- Malibu, Venice and Huntington beaches
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Universal Studios
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-- Ann M. Simmons at Edwards Air Force Base and Kate Mather
Photo: The space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Edwards Air Force Base on Thursday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times