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The space shuttle Endeavour is lifted off a NASA Boeing 747 transport plane at Los Angeles International Airport early Saturday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour is lowered onto a special transporter at Los Angeles International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 shuttle carrier aircraft fies over the Los Angeles Coliseum on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Ross / NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on NASA's Boeing 747, flies over Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 shuttle carrier aircraft flies over The J. Paul Getty Museum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Ross / NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 shuttle carrier flies over Disneyland in Anaheim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Ross / NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour arrives at the United Airlines hangar at Los Angeles International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Space shuttle Endeavour flies over the Griffith Observatory and above the Hollywood sign.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Space shuttle Endeavour and its military escorts fly over Griffith Observatory.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

People stand along Aviation Boulevard as the space shuttle Endeavour lands at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Spectators on a bluff in El Segundo that overlooks LAX cheer as the shuttle Endeavour and its 747 transport rumble down the runway below them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Crowds at Sepulveda and Lincoln boulevards cheer the arrival of space shuttle Endeavour as it nears its landing at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour makes a low flyover atop a modified Boeing 747 before coming in for a landing and welcoming ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour makes a low flyover, atop a modified Boeing 747, as spectators snap away with their cameras at the welcoming ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport. The 747 then landed at the airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

A crew member raises a flag from the cockpit of the NASA Boeing 747 as it taxis with the space shuttle Endeavour riding piggy-back after landing for a welcoming ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

People crowd the observation deck at the top of Los Angeles City Hall for a snapshot of the retired space shuttle Endeavor as it flies around downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

People crowd the roof of a skyscraper as the retired space shuttle Endeavor rides a jumbo jet over downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Ryan Bell, 3, of Orange, sits on dad Tim Bell's shoulders in anticipation of viewing the space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flying over Disney California Adventure during its final portion of a cross-country farewell tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour flies over Los Angeles International Airport before landing on its final leg of a cross country journey.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Bystanders crowd the intersection of Imperial Highway and California Street to get a glimpse of the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies over Los Angeles International Airport before landing on its final leg of a cross country journey.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Endeavour passes by the Proud Bird restaurant before landing at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Endeavour passes by the Proud Bird restaurant before landing at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For the Times

Seen from the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, the space shuttle Endeavor passes the Hollywood sign as the retired space shuttle makes the rounds of Los Angeles and Orange County landmarks before landing at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

California Science Center School students react to the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies past.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Students react to the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies past the California Science Center School in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Shuttle fans watch as Endeavour flies over Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Spectators spot the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies over Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Hills.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A pair of paragliders get a unique view of the space shuttle Endeavour as it flies over the Santa Monica Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Space shuttle Endeavour, riding on the back of a 747, flies over the Santa Monica Pier and beach goers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen in the sky above Venice Beach, during its' final flight before landing at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour flies over the downtown Los Angeles skyline.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Endeavour passes the faux Cadillac Valley Mountains of the Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour flies over the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

As the Queen Mary blows its horn, spectators cover their ears and take photos as the space shuttle Endeavour flies past.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Space shuttle Endeavour rides atop a 747 flying over Hollywood on its way to Los Angeles International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour flies over city hall in Los Angeles during flyovers of southland landmarks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour flies on top of a modified 747 jumbo jet over the Golden Gate Bridge and Sutro Tower before it heads toward Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The space shuttle Endeavour makes a pass over San Francisco before heading south to make its final landing in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

A spectator takes a photo of Endeavour as it flies atop a Boeing 747 over the Golden Gate Bridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

The space shuttle Endeavour passes over the California state Capitol in Sacramento.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

Edgar Herrera holds up grandson Grant Herrera, 3, as they wait for a glimpse of the space shuttle Endeavour, which is not expected for two more hours, at Griffith Park Observatory.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Franklin Schroeder, 2, right, and his brother Hunter, 3, check out the old planes on display at the Proud Bird restaurant while waiting for Endeavour's arrival at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Tanton Harber, 7 , of Santa Monica peaks out from his astronaut-themed tent, while camping out on Imperial Avenue in El Segundo, overlooking the runway at LAX. He was with his brother and parents, waiting to view the arrival of the space shuttle Endeavour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Several members of the Arizona Aviation Photographers club await the arrival of the space shuttle Endeavour near the corner of Sepulveda and Lincon boulevards at LAX.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour arrives at Edwards Air Force Base.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Airman Daniel Williams looks up at the space shuttle Endeavour at Edwards Air Force Base.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The space Shuttle Endeavour, mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), lands at Edwards Air Force Base as it continues on a cross-country farewell tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour flies by the control tower at Edwards Air Force Base, in California's Mojave Desert, on it cross-country farewell tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The space Shuttle Endeavour approaches the base.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lt. Col. Frederick Lombardi / Lt. Col. Frederick Lombardi

Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop the a 747 flying over downtown Austin, Texas, early Thursday as it makes its final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alberto Martinez / Statesman.com

A Texas flag is inadvertently flown upside down as NASA's 747 shuttle carrier taxis into position at Ellington Field in Houston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin M. Cox / The Galveston County Daily News

Flight engineer Larry Larose gives a tour inside NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft after it landed with Endeavour at Ellington Field in Houston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin M. Cox / The Galveston County Daily News

A crowd strains for a good look at Endeavour as its carrier aircraft prepares to land at Ellington Field in Houston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin M. Cox / The Galveston County Daily News

Space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it taxis past members of the Texas Air National Guard's 147th Reconnaissance Wing after landing at Ellington Field in Houston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin M. Cox / The Galveston County Daily News

The space shuttle Endeavour rides atop a Boeing 747 after taking off Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour rides atop a Boeing 747 after taking off at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour rides atop a Boeing 747 with a T-38 plane behind it after taking off at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour and the Boeing 747 it sits atop are airborne Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour sits atop a Boeing 747 in the minutes before taking off Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour will have to wait another day at the Kennedy Space Center. It's now scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles a day later than originally planned.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour sits atop a modified 747 at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday as final preparations are made for the craft's trek toward Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

NASA operations technician Mitch Bromwell walks along a gangway as the space shuttle Endeavour is prepared to be pushed out of the NASA mating device for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour, atop a Boeing 747, is pushed out of the NASA mating device for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Ground operations technician Robert Hackaday monitors control panels at the Kennedy Space Center inside the cockpit of NASA 905, a modified 747 set to carry the space shuttle Endeavour for the last time.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

High clouds drift over Endeavour, mounted on a 747 aircraft, at Kennedy Space Center on Sunday. The space shuttle is scheduled to arrive Thursday in L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Technicians remove a specialized industrial tape from protective window coverings on the space shuttle Endeavour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on a 747, is pushed onto the runway apron Sunday at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Operations technicians snap photos as the space shuttle Endeavour, mated to a modified 747, is pushed out of the NASA mating device for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on a Boeing 747 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, was to travel to Houston on Monday, but storms pushed back its departure. The craft is still expected to arrive Thursday in L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The space shuttle Endeavour is mated to a modified Boeing 747 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., in preparation for its journey to California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Endeavour is positioned atop a modified Boeing 747.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A technician keeps an eye on the space shuttle Endeavour as it is towed into the mating device at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

An technician works on raising the space shuttle Endeavour's landing gear in preparation for mating.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Wings of the 747 shuttle transport and the space shuttle Endeavour align as technicians ready both aircraft and spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Technicians prepare Endeavour for mating with a modified 747 at the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The aerodynamic tail cone, intended to reduce drag when mounted on the SCA during flight, is on the space shuttle Endeavour in the mating device as clouds roll over the Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Space shuttle Endeavour, alongside a NASA astronaut transport vehicle, is parked in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. It will be flown to Los Angeles next week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Shields cover the cockpit windows of the space shuttle Endeavour parked in the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Each heat shield tile covering the skin of the shuttle Endeavour is numbered and individually fitted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Jeff Seibert snaps a picture inside the nose landing gear on the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Endeavour is parked in the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center. The space shuttle will be placed atop a carrier aircraft Friday in preparation for transport to Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Decals on the body of the shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 indicate its completed missions. Its next one will be to transport Endeavour to Southern California.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

News media members wait at Kennedy Space Center to view NASA 905, the modified Boeing 747 that will transport Endeavour to Los Angeles. NASA obtained the aircraft from American Airlines in 1974.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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[UPDATE – September 21, 2012] –Space shuttle Endeavour has touched down at LAX, marking its final landing after a three-decade career in space and bringing an end to NASA’s space shuttle program.

As elsewhere along its choreographed flyover in California, eager fans of the shuttle — filled with both curiosity and nostalgia — gathered at the United Airlines hangar to watch the Endeavour taxi in. A man holding an American flag popped out of the roof of the cockpit of the 747 carrying Endeavour on its back.

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[UPDATE – September 20, 2012] — With anticipation building for the space shuttle Endeavour’s Southern California flyover, NASA officials are postponing the takeoff by one hour Friday morning because of fog in San Francisco. 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 means 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. The delay means the space shuttle would re-enter Los Angeles airspace around 11:30 a.m. and touching down about an hour later at Los Angeles International Airport.

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At long last, space shuttle Endeavour is headed home.

Perched atop a modified Boeing 747, the retired orbiter departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday en route to Houston, the first leg of a two-day trek to California.

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.

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11 Comments

  1. September 19, 2012, 9:14 am

    Fabulous pictures of America's shuttle, our space legacy.

    By: rafaelc@racen.com
  2. September 20, 2012, 9:55 am

    Ha, ha!
    I get it. The black side of the shuttle needs to be down! They kid because they love!

    By: markdansky
  3. September 21, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Thank you for updating about the delay, it flew over Barnsdall Park THREE times, at different angles, Thank you, and may Shuttle Endeavour rest peacefully at the Science Center (except for those trees they cut down.)

    By: michael
  4. September 21, 2012, 1:45 pm

    I was driving home on the 405 when a coworker called my cell to tell me that she saw the Endeavor flying over the 5 freeway. (Was that why crowds were collecting at the overpasses?) When I passed the Long Beach Airport, I happened to notice crowds on roofs with cameras and caught a glimpse of the shuttle piggy-back on a 747. I have to admit it was exciting. But when I got to the 110 freeway heading toward downtown LA, the planes crossed again, this time so close they seemed to be landing on the freeway ahead! What a sight. I now understand the excitement. A moment in history flying in front of you. A cause for celebration indeed. I can't wait to walk down the street from my house to watch the shuttle makes its trek down MLK to its final resting place. You go LA!

    By: millsstudio@AOL.COM
  5. September 21, 2012, 4:59 pm

    FYI, the Endeavour was built to replace the Challenger; she first flew in 1992 and her last space flight was in May 2011 (two decades, not three, of service).

    By: harshman@gmail.com
  6. September 21, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I saw the Picturel why relaxing at Starbucks,my favorite coffee shop in Germantown Maryland. Mazi Inno Chimah(Ochi-Agha-Oma of Aro-Ndizuogu.

    By: chimainno@yahoo.com
  7. September 21, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I was waiting for the green light in an avenue intersection, when the shuttle crossed bye, how funny ! I was mesmerized with the view but then, the honk of the cars behind me brought me back!!

    By: aaartytaaaaaaa
  8. September 21, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Spectacular photos! Had to include a link to them in my blog.

    By: discoveringla
  9. September 22, 2012, 12:21 pm

    My inlaws saw the Endeavour fly over the Seal Bch. pier close up. My Mom saw it from Costa Mesa, my friend saw it fly over Disneyland, my brother saw it at a restaurant near JW Airport, and I missed it by a 1/2 min. , so I'm enjoying seeing the photos listed here! :)

    By: ssas
  10. September 22, 2012, 5:19 pm

    Space exploration is economic stimulus. The Space program employ thousands of engineers, business administrators and other support staff.

    By: libraryroom1@aol.com
  11. October 10, 2012, 3:39 pm

    sexaayyyy laddyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By: alexis bautist

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