Shuttle Endeavour: NASA to name more flyover locations today
NASA has already announced a list of landmarks that includes Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Malibu and Disneyland, but officials with the California Science Center plan to reveal additional sites at a 10 a.m. news conference Wednesday.
Riding piggyback on a modified 747 aircraft, the retired shuttle departed Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday morning for Houston, the first leg in a two-day trip to California. After flying low over several NASA sites across the South, Endeavour will spend Wednesday night in Houston.
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, the Lawrence Hall of Science and 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.
Originally scheduled to depart Kennedy Space Center early Monday, the orbiter was twice delayed by a threat of thunderstorms between Florida and Houston. Officials said that although the time frame has been pushed back, the shuttle would be able to make its final journey as originally planned.
But the trip isn't done yet. The shuttle will remain at a United Airlines hangar at LAX until Oct. 12, when it begins a two-day crawl across city streets to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
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-- Kate Mather