Space Shuttle Endeavour Arrival Time in Los Angeles Delayed

The Space Shuttle Endeavour will fly over Los Angeles Friday morning before landing at LAX. Will you head out to see it?

Social media and Patch's own comment sections are buzzing with the news of Space Shuttle Endeavour's fly over of Los Angeles and its eventual landing at Los Angeles International Airport Friday.

The FAA did not release the exact schedule or route of the shuttle's low-altitude fly over of Los Angeles landmarks for security reasons, but CBS2 reported it had obtained a flight plan for the Endeavour. NASA did release an updated shuttle arrival time Thursday evening.

  • Previously: See a List of Endeavour's fly over locations and designated viewing locations.

According to NASA, the arrival of Endeavour in Los Angeles air space has been pushed back one hour to 11:30 a.m. pacific daylight time.

NASA delayed the shuttle carrier's takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base to allow more time for fog to dissipate in San Francisco for the Endeavour's fly over of that city's famous landmarks.

Once the shuttle enters Los Angeles air space, it will fly over some of Southern California's most famous locations including the Hollywood sign, Malibu, Disneyland, Los Angeles City Hall and the Griffith Observatory.

However, for security reasons, the exact order and times those sites will be visited is only known by a few people, including California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph.

"I do have details about the flight plan, but it is pretty clear from NASA that if the flight plan gets out, they cancel the fly over for security concerns," Rudolph told Patch early Friday morning at LAX. "I have been pretty good about not telling anyone because I don't want them cancelled."

After its farewell tour around Los Angeles, NASA said it expects the shuttle to touch down on one of LAX's southern runways around 12:45 p.m.

For those not able to make it outside or to the airport to witness the historic flight, NASA will broadcast the event on NASA television starting at 8:00 a.m.

  • Taking photos of Endeavour? Upload your best shots to our photo gallery.

Patch is on the tarmac Friday at LAX to witness and take photos of the shuttle's landing. Check back Friday afternoon for a full recap and photo gallery of the landing and fly over.

Diane Naletich September 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Very fun. Can't wait to try and catch it - hopefully near LAX.
Wolfman September 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I worked on the Space Shuttle program on and off for over 30 years at North American Rockwell El Segundo, Downey,Palmdale and Canoga Park facilities and it kept a lot of people employed in these areas. What a shame it is gone with no replacement program.
jacky and nick brown September 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
We live in the UK but will be glued to the tv today. We love LA and the space shuttle. Bet the views from the concierge lounge at the LAX Marriott of the landing will be mega. Will be viewing on the tv. From the Brown family (Nick, Jacky, James and Oliver) Newcastle upon Tyne UK
J. Flo September 21, 2012 at 06:51 PM
WOW - that was amazing!! Who knew it was going to be that low? A stunning scene.
Djam Leelii September 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Whoa! Two flyovers!
90069 September 21, 2012 at 07:23 PM
USA! USA! USA! It was a stunning show for sure. It swooped very close to West Hollywood Gateway.
scott ferguson September 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Walked up a couple blocks to Sunset/Doheny as it popped into view heading east right over the Hollywood Hills just north, quite low. Very impressive.
Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue September 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Saw it in Long Beach at Shoreline Village! Then I came up to the Pasadena area and my relatives had some really amazing video against a blue sky!
LaTina Webb September 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Pure Joy!! Thank you for that wonderful shot!


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