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Get on a roof should you 'endeavour' to see the space shuttle Friday

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, at 10:35AM
Eric Richardson

City Hall's Tom Bradley Room and Observation Deck may be a good place to see the Endeavour fly by tomorrow.

Before the 170,000-pound Endeavour space shuttle touches down at LAX Friday morning, it's taking a tour of California and making a few low swoops over L.A. landmarks -- including the California Science Center, where it will eventually go on permanent display.

The retired orbiter left Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday on the back of a 747 airplane after weather had delayed its original departure by two days. Thursday morning, the shuttle took off from Houston for the Golden State. KPCC reports that by the time the shuttle reaches Los Angeles airspace around 10 or 10:30 a.m., it will be flying approximately 1,500 feet above ground.

If you live in a Downtown apartment with roof access, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the shuttle's SoCal tour Friday morning -- or head to a nearby parking garage and make your way to the very top. City Hall's Tom Bradley Room on the 27th floor, as well as the building's Observation Deck, are open to the public and may give a close-up view of the flyover.

Other prime viewing spots may be The Standard hotel, where roof access is typically free during the week, or the Bonaventure, where the glass elevators will take you up to their outdoor patio.

In addition to its DTLA leg, the shuttle will hit many tourist hotspots including Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Griffith Observatory and the Getty Center. When it lands at LAX, it will be temporarily stored in a United Airlines hangar at the airport before it is transported through the streets of L.A. in mid-October.

"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 in a statement in August. "It's not only one of the biggest objects ever transported down city streets; it's an irreplaceable national treasure."

The shuttle will cross the 405 freeway, make a stop at Inglewood City Hall and head to Martin Luther King and Crenshaw boulevards for a celebration including more than 200 musicians, dancers and performers. It will then head to the California Science Center, where it will eventually go on permanent display in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center -- a special wing of the museum. The shuttle will be posed in a vertical position, as if it were about to launch.

What do you think is the best spot to see the shuttle fly over in DTLA? If you have a suggestion of where to see it, please let us know in the comments!


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