Update, 6:10 p.m. Friday. Added Tomm Heath's photo.
Did you look up Friday morning to witness history?
The Space Shuttle Endeavour made its once-in-a-lifetime farewell tour over Northern California Friday morning, flying over the East Bay and Walnut Creek at around 10 a.m.
It was the last chance to see the Endeavour in the air.
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The flight path took Space Shuttle Endeavour over the San Francisco Bay Area about 9:30 a.m., roughly following U.S. Highway 101 and appearing over NASA-Ames, then the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Vandenberg Air Force Base. It will fly over Los Angeles in the late morning.
NASA will issue news of any changes, such as the one-hour takeoff delay time of 8:15 a.m., announced Thursday: http://www.nasa.gov/news/releases/latest/index.html
If you spot the shuttle during the four-and-a-half-hour period, use Twitter hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour's vehicle designation.
NASA will webstream the Endeavour’s progress beginning at 8 am. via: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
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Endeavour will become a land-bound exhibit in the California Science Center in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the latest of the space shuttles to transition to civilian life, on museum duty. Not six months ago, Space Shuttle Discovery thrilled Washington D.C. with its April flyover all over restricted air space before settling in as an exhibit of the National Air and Space Museum.
Tuesday, NASA sent out suggested viewing locations—for maximum photo op possibilities— ranging from the State Capitol in Sacramento, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Chabot Space and Science Center, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Chabot touted its Oakland Hills vantage point, its activities on site, its experts who will be available to explain all (museum admission fees apply).
But really, wherever you are, try to look up on Friday morning, from the roof of a parking garage, or out in the park.
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