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Space shuttle Endeavour has its Hollywood moment

September 21, 2012 |  2:16 pm

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

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.

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

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."



Endeavour flies over Hollywood sign

Storified by steve marble · Fri, Sep 21 2012 13:15:29

RT @lanewsnow: RT @wscriptunas Space Shuttle #Endeavour flys-over the iconic #Hollywood sign #spottheshuttle #ov105 http://pic.twitter.com/vuh1CGKZ #LACaDrivingSchool
Great shot of #endeavour passing the Hollywood sign. Photo credit to associate James Castle. http://pic.twitter.com/YKF2ecMyBargerWolen
RT @palmtreesinbh: Shuttle Endeavour now over Hollywood sign!!! #spottheshuttle #endeavour #losangeles #hollywood http://pic.twitter.com/K4G4oaA4ejj242
#endeavour flying over Hollywood at noon. http://pic.twitter.com/HBk4zkefsuller
#Endeavour flying over Hollywood... http://pic.twitter.com/SVW3P5ImLoghanCall

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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.