Space Shuttle Endeavor To Fly Over Peninsula/Bay Area

by on September 10, 2012

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Endeavor flyover in Bay Area

Hey Menlo Park and Peninsula residents! It’s time to keep your peepers open and look up in the sky on September 20th, 2012. The space shuttle Endeavor will be doing a fly over on September 20th as it passes over Moffett Field in Mountain View, and then head north to San Francisco, then Sacramento. It will be piggybacking on a 747 for this journey.

This flyover is part of a “Final Trip” for the shuttle as it heads out from Florida and will tour various NASA sites before coming to rest in its new home in the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The schedule of the shuttle Endeavor’s final tour looks like this:

Sept 17:

  • Depart Kennedy Space Center
  • Fly over Florida’s Space Coast,
  • Head west over Stennis Space Center in Mississippi
  • Fly over the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans
  • Landing near Houston.

Sept 19:

  • Refueling stop in El Paso, Texas,
  • Fly over of White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico,
  • Fly over & pit stop at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California,

UPDATE: Sept. 20 21:

  • Pass over Moffett Field in Mountain View
  • Head north over San Francisco and then
  • Sacramento.
  • It will then turn south and head to Los Angeles.

UPDATE #1: Estimations are that the shuttle will fly over the Peninsula around 8:30ish in the morning on Friday. (Weather waylaid the original plan. But if the weather holds out as it has been the last few days, we may be overcast when it flies by… grr. I hope not!)

photo cr: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

press release:

Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA’s modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), will make the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era when it departs Monday, Sept. 17, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the SCA is scheduled to conduct low-level flyovers at about 1,500 feet above locations along the planned flight path. The exact timing and path of the ferry flight will depend on weather conditions and operational constraints. Some planned flyovers or stopovers could be delayed or cancelled. If the ferry flight must be postponed for any reason, an additional advisory will be issued.

At sunrise on Sept. 17, the SCA and Endeavour will depart Kennedy’s Shuttle Landing Facility and perform a flyover of various areas of the Space Coast, including Kennedy, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base.

The aircraft will fly west and conduct low flyovers of NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the agency’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. As it arrives over the Texas Gulf Coast area, the SCA will perform low flyovers above various areas of Houston, Clear Lake and Galveston before landing at Ellington Field near NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Weather permitting, the SCA and Endeavour will stay at Ellington the remainder of Sept. 17 and all day Sept. 18.

At sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the aircraft will depart Houston, make a refueling stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, and conduct low-level flyovers of White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, N.M., and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California, before landing around mid-day at Dryden.

On the morning of Sept. 20, the SCA and Endeavour will take off from Dryden and perform a low-level flyover of northern California, passing near NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and various landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento. The aircraft also will conduct a flyover of many Los Angeles sites before landing about 11 a.m. PDT at LAX.

Social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation.

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 science center, arriving in the evening on Oct. 13.

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.

Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.

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nasa.gov

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