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Shuttle Endeavour: Queen Mary on new L.A. flyover route

Shuttle Endeavour to fly by Queen Mary and JPL
Disneyland, the Getty Center and Griffith Observatory are already on the list, but space shuttle Endeavour will see a lot more of Southern California before landing in Los Angeles on Friday morning.

Weather permitting, the retired orbiter will also be flown over Venice Beach, Universal Studios, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Long Beach Aquarium and the Queen Mary, officials with the California Science Center announced Wednesday.

The shuttle will also fly over the Exposition Park museum, its new permanent home.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey to L.A.

Riding piggyback on a modified Boeing 747 aircraft, the retired shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday morning for Houston, the first leg in a two-day trip to California. It flew low over several NASA sites across the South en route to the Texas city, where it landed safely and will spend Wednesday night.

It is scheduled to reach Edwards Air Force base Thursday afternoon. About 7:15 a.m. Friday, the shuttle will take off, flying low over Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento, NASA officials said.

There, Endeavour will fly over the Capitol and turn to San Francisco, where those hoping to catch a glimpse of the shuttle are advised to watch from one of several Bay Area museums, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Exploratorium, the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Lawrence Hall of Science. It can also be viewed from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

It should reach the Los Angeles area by mid-morning and is expected to touch down at Los Angeles International Airport about 11 a.m.

INTERACTIVE: Endeavour comes to California.

Los Angeles police Cmdr. Scott Kroeber urged those hoping to see the shuttle to arrive at viewing locations early -- and not stop while driving to take pictures.

"We don't want this to be the mother of all distracted driving incidents," he said.

Tweet your photos to @latimes or @lanow with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle. Don't forget to tell us where you spotted it! Photos can also be uploaded here. Check back -- we'll be compiling the best reader photos.

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-- Kate Mather

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Photo: Space shuttle Endeavour rides atop a Boeing 747 after taking off Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The shuttle is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

 
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