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Updated: Space Shuttle Endeavour to Fly Over Seal Beach

Space Shuttle Endeavour fly over locations include the Seal Beach Boeing plant, but NASA announced a one-hour delay for Friday's flyovers due to morning fog in the Bay Area.

Residents in Seal Beach will get a chance to see a major piece of history as the Space Shuttle Endeavour soars above the city Friday morning.

It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the Space Shuttle Endeavour flyover in its final moments of flight Friday morning as the shuttle, attached to a modified Boeing 747, will detour over Seal Beach before touching down at LAX. After completing 25 missions and traveling 122,883,151 miles in space, Friday's historic flight will mark the last time Endeavour, or any of NASA's shuttles, will ever fly through the air.

According to the California Science Center, Endeavour will dip to 1,500 feet to give the public a better view of the shuttle as it passes over landmarks in the Southland including Seal Beach Boeing, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles City Hall, the Getty Center, the Queen Mary, Malibu and the Griffith Observatory.

The science center said that the public can expect to see the shuttle in regional air space starting around 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Escorted by F-16 aircraft, the shuttle is then expected to land between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on one of Los Angeles International Airport's south runways, airport officials told Patch on Tuesday. 

For those who wish to see Endeavour land at LAX, the El Segundo Police Department said it would designate the 300 to 600 blocks of East Imperial Avenue in El Segundo as public viewing space.

Police also said the public can view the shuttle landing from the 700 block of West Imperial Avenue and the "greenbelt," located at the intersection of Imperial Avenue and California Street in El Segundo. 

  • Where do you plan to watch Space Shuttle Endeavour fly over? Tell us in the comments!

The Los Angeles Police Department said it is urging motorists to remain focused while driving Friday morning as the shuttle flies around Los Angeles.

"This is an impressive sight that has the potential for distracting drivers and pedestrians," LAPD said in a release. "Law enforcement and transportation officials want to remind motorists and visitors not to stop on the roads or highways in order to view or take photographs of the shuttle fly over."

Once it lands, Endeavour will have just 12 more miles to travel as it is slowly driven through city streets to the California Science Center starting on October 12. At that time, the public will have its second chance at witnessing history.

"This will mark the first, last and only time a space shuttle will travel through 12 miles of urban, public streets," said California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph last month. "It’s not only one of the biggest objects ever transported down city streets; it’s an irreplaceable national treasure."

Space Shuttle Endeavour Fly-Over Locations

According to the FAA and the California Science Center, the following landmarks will see a fly over by Space Shuttle Endeavour if conditions permit. For viewing locations and parking information, the science center recommends the public contact each venue for specific details.

  • California Science Center
  • Los Angeles City Hall
  • Disneyland
  • The Getty Center
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Malibu
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Queen Mary
  • Universal Studios
  • Venice Beach
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Boeing Plant (Seal Beach)
  • Space X (Hawthorne)
astrid September 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM
great info, thanks!!!!
christine burke September 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM
any idea approx time?
Paige Austin September 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I wish I could give you an exact time. NASA isn't being that specific with the details. It's my understand that the shuttle will enter Southern California air space around 10 a.m. and it will be on the ground at LAX between 11:30 and 12:30.
Paige Austin September 21, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Update! Nasa has pushed the estimated time back one hour due to fog expected in the Bay Area Friday morning. Now NASA is saying the shuttle will reach local airspace between 11:30 and 1:30.
S.A.P. September 21, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Thanks Paige
beergut September 21, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Thank you for the information, hoping to get a good picture and video off the Seal Beach pier. If it flies over Boeing to the long beach aquarium, it will go over the pier hopefully.
yup its me September 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hey Boeing, Thanks for kicking me off your property right before the shuttle passed through. Thanks again for having me miss the fly over. Much appreciated.
Carmelcat September 21, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Was on the pier and it went right over us. Everyone hooted and hollered... it was a wonderful feeling, and memory. Lots of folks must have gotten great videos of it and the two escort planes.
Johnny Utah September 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
It was supposed to go over the HB pier, but instead made a right before the HB pier as if cutting it off and flew North. I saw a glimpse barely..., but pretty cool all in all.
beergut September 22, 2012 at 03:39 AM
How disappointing that must have been, especially if you waited a long time. Was there a lot of people on the HB pier? Seal Beach pier was jam packed. Here's a view from the Seal Beach pier. http://youtu.be/Q3qM3XnKpck
CDC September 26, 2012 at 08:16 PM
This route information was totally wrong. Totally messed up on the route. They (NASA)should have posted it on Google Maps. Each news agencies map showed a different route. The shuttle flew over the Huntington Beach Boeing Plant, not the Seal Beach one. It went over Seal Beach along the coast after it went through HB. If you were lucky enough to be at the SB Pier or The Rivers End, than you got a really GREAT and loud view. It was a little hazy for good photos.

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