Looking for Endeavour to Fly Over Long Beach? Track it With #spottheshuttle
2012-09-20 · By Barbara Holbrook
Have you been watching the sky and waiting for the space shuttle to fly over Long Beach? If so, get your camera ready! After rescheduling the flight for more favorable weather conditions, the space shuttle Endeavour is expected to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Sept. 21 — and it will be making an appearance in Long Beach along the way.
NASA’s ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour will first makes its way into California atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) on Thursday. After an overnight stop at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Endeavour will make her way down the state with a planned flyover of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific and Queen Mary before landing in L.A. Friday morning at 11 a.m.
Flyovers will travel at about 1,500 feet above several locations along the planned flight path. Additional locations include: The Getty Center, The Griffith Observatory, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and a section of coastline — either Malibu, Venice or Huntington Beach.
After arrival at LAX, Endeavour will be removed from the SCA and spend a few weeks at a United Airlines hangar undergoing preparations for transport and display. Endeavour then will travel through Inglewood and Los Angeles city streets on a 12-mile journey from the airport to the California Science Center, arriving in the evening on Oct. 13.
Find Space Shuttle Photos With #spottheshuttle
Track Endeavour on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation. Here are some recent Instagram photos from the space shuttle’s journey as it makes its way to its new home at the California Science Center. These pics are updated hourly, so you can come back to see more!
Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, embarking on its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers.