Space shuttle low & slow flyby


Find yourself someplace with a clear view of the sky on Friday – preferably near the state capitol building in Sacramento – and you will get a treat.

The retired space shuttle Endeavor is due to make a pass over Sacramento’s capitol building, riding piggyback on its transport jet, a converted airliner. The flyby will be at relatively low altitude (around 1,500 feet) and low speed.

The exact time of the flyover hasn’t been announced, but is planned for morning on Friday. The shuttle is scheduled to visit a number of Northern California landmarks on Sept. 21 before arriving in Los Angeles at about 11 a.m. The time and date may change due to weather or other considerations.

If the News-Ledger receives advance notice of the exact time of the Sacramento flyover, we’ll mention it on our Facebook page and at our websites, and Readers who are following the shuttle’s progress through NASA or other sources are also invited to share schedule information with us at the News-Ledger’s Facebook page.

Social media users may share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation, said a NASA spokesperson.

After arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle will be removed from its ferry transport for a few weeks of preparation. Then Endeavour then will travel through Inglewood  and Los Angeles city streets on a 12-mile journey from the airport to
the California 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.

(EDITOR’S UPDATE: The News-Ledger will invite readers to help keep track of the space shuttle’s arrival on our Facebook page here.)

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