Eyes on the skies

Sep 20, 2012

Surprise! These days the space shuttle Endeavor flies 747 like the rest of us.

The retired NASA ship is hitching a piggyback ride from Sacramento to its new home in Los Angeles this Friday. This is the last – and for many of us the only – chance to see Endeavor in the air. The convoy, which started in Houston on Wednesday, will make several low passes at Bay Area landmarks, including the state capitol in Sacramento, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Nasa Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

Endeavor has been blasted into space 25 times in the name of scientific progress, and remains an outstanding feat of human engineering. However science may have to defer to nature, as in true Bay Area fashion weather threatens the celebrations. NASA's event schedule is issuing online updates, and the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland is hosting a PJ's optional viewing party at 8 am with coffee and hot chocolate. We hope you catch a glimpse!