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NASA delays Endeavour takeoff because of Bay Area fog

September 20, 2012 |  5:14 pm
FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey to L.A.

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.

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

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
  • Disneyland

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

-- Ann M. Simmons at Edwards Air Force Base and Kate Mather


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Photo: The space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Edwards Air Force Base on Thursday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

NASA officials said foggy conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area Friday morning will likely postpone the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour over California. 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 touch down an hour later. The weather delay could push back the flight times by two hours.