MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- On the morning of Sept. 20, 2012, space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to perform a low-level flyover of northern California, passing near NASA's Ames Research Center and various landmarks in multiple cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento en route to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Endeavour is mounted atop NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).
In cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, the SCA is scheduled to conduct flyovers at about 1,500 feet above locations along the planned flight path. The exact timing and path of the ferry flight depends 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, NASA will issue an additional advisory. The flight over Ames is scheduled for mid-morning on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Reporters interested in attending the fly-over hosted at NASA Ames must send requests for media credentials to Rachel Hoover, email@example.com or call 650-604-4789.
To reach Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate.
Social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour's orbiter vehicle designation.
On Oct. 11, 2011, NASA transferred title and ownership of Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Under the terms of a Space Act Agreement with the science center, NASA will safely transport Endeavour to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
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.
For information about NASA's transfer of space shuttles to museums, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/transition
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