Space shuttle Endeavour has its Hollywood moment
In a town full of ironic images, it was perhaps the photo moment of them all: the space shuttle Endeavour — on its retirement flyover across California — passing over the Hollywood sign.
From the lawn in front of Griffith Observatory, there were screams as the shuttle made a loop over L.A. and then, in nearly choreographed fashion — circled over the fabled sign in Hollywood.
“Oh, it’s beautiful,” someone said.
Others, feeling suddenly patriotic, chanted: “USA! USA! USA!”
And, as if to cement the moment as being properly Hollywood, actor Tom Hanks, who played an astronaut in the movie "Apollo 13," sent out a tweet.
“Just flew over my head!!!," he typed.
"Don't see this everyday. Never will again. The Spaceman in me just went berserk."
— Hailey Branson-Potts and Steve Marble
Photo: The space shuttle Endeavour passes the Hollywood sign, as seen from the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles on Friday. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times.