Space shuttle Endeavour flyover may be delayed Friday
Fog in San Francisco on Friday morning might postpone by an hour or so the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour over California, Edwards Air Force Base officials said.
Authorities had expected that Endeavour would take off from Edwards Air Force Base in northern Los Angeles County about 7:15 a.m., fly over the Capitol in Sacramento around 8:30 a.m., then pass San Francisco before it enters Los Angeles airspace about 10:30 a.m. and touches down an hour later.
Now base officials said the takeoff could be postponed by an hour; NASA will make the final determination by Thursday evening.
Californians have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Endeavour, which will be retired for display at the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin pavilion. 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.
A battalion of media were on hand to watch the landing at Edwards, along with about 40 of NASA's social media followers, including space enthusiasts. The participants were randomly selected from online registrations that took place in August, according to information published by the space agency.
"Oh my God, oh my goodness. I've got goosebumps," said Andrew Rechenberg, 41, an IT administrator from Cincinnati who watched it land at Edwards.
After it lands at Los Angeles International Airport 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.
We know that 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 its cross-country farewell tour. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times