Space Shuttle Endeavour, carried on top of a Boeing 747 shuttle aircraft carrier, is expected to land at LAX's south runway (RWY 25L) on Friday at 11am. Earlier in the day it will do "flybys" over many Los Angeles landmarks including Disneyland, the Griffith Observatory, the Getty Center and Downtown/ City Hall.
NASA says that weather permitting, it will also be flown over Venice Beach, Universal Studios, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Long Beach Aquarium and the Queen Mary.
The City of El Segundo will close off the 300 to 700 blocks of East Imperial Avenue for public viewing starting at 9 am for spectators wanting to see the landing. Plane-mad lists the best spotting areas for the south runway as "The Hill" on Imperial Avenue (A), the Flight Path Museum (D) and Proud Bird Restaurant (E).
Space Shuttle Endeavour, the fifth and final NASA shuttle to be built, is 122 feet in length, has a 78-foot wingspan and stands 57 feet tall. Endeavour has been to space 25 times, logging 122,883,151 miles. Its final mission was in May of 2011.
On Oct. 12th, the Shuttle will start its journey to its final destination at the Science Center in Exposition Park.
February 10, 2011
Delayed an hour, but I'd keep checking to see where it is.
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.
This site might be able to track it live:
The orbiter, atop its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), is scheduled to fly over northern California and a large area of the Los Angeles basin beginning at about 8:15 a.m. PDT, one hour later than originally planned. NASA, the California Science Center, and the Federal Aviation Administration delayed the start of the flight to increase the probability that fog over the San Francisco area will dissipate before the flyover.
At 8 a.m. PDT, NASA Television will air the departure of Endeavour from Edwards Air Force Base as it begins its California flyover: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
The SCA and Endeavour will salute NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and the Edwards Air Force Base area after takeoff with a low flyby northbound to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Any time after 9:30 a.m. PDT, watch for Endeavour from viewing locations that include the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, the California State Capitol, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Next the aircraft will travel south, making a pass over NASA's Ames Research Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base before heading into the Los Angeles area.
Any time after 11:30 a.m., watch for flyovers of Endeavour passing landmarks such as the California Science Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Disneyland, The Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Malibu Beach, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Queen Mary, Universal Studios and Venice Beach. Endeavour will land about 12:45 p.m., at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) .
During the four-and-a-half hour flight, social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour's vehicle designation.