Endeavour's final route before LA
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The space shuttle Endeavour‘s journey from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles International Airport will be a three-day journey highlighted by low-level flyovers not only of the Southland, but also various NASA installations that it will pass during its trip, NASA announced today.
Weather permitting, the shuttle is scheduled to depart Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 17 en route to its retirement home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The shuttle will be mounted atop a modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
According to NASA, the shuttle will be conduct a low-level — roughly 1,500 feet — flyover of the Kennedy space complex, Cape Canaveral and Patrick Air Force Base shortly after takeoff. As it makes its way west, the shuttle will make a flyover of NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It will later make flyovers over Houston and Galveston, Texas, before landing at Ellington Filed near Johnson Space Center, where it will remain until Sept. 19.
On Sept. 19, the shuttle will depart Houston and make a refueling stop in El Paso before resuming its journey west. On the way, it will conduct flyovers of White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, N.M., and the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The shuttle is expected to land around midday Sept. 19 at Dryden.
On Sept. 20, the shuttle will take off from Dryden and make flyovers in Northern California, including NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, as well as San Francisco and Sacramento before heading to Southern California. The shuttle will fly over several Los Angeles-area sites before landing around 11 a.m. at LAX.
The shuttle will remain at LAX at a United Airlines hangar for nearly a month before being transported through city streets to the science center.
Endeavour made 25 missions into space, spending 299 days in orbit and circling the Earth 4,671 times, traveling nearly 122.9 million miles, according to NASA.