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Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies Over East Bay

Update: The Space Shuttle Endeavour took a once-in-a-lifetime flight over the Bay Area Friday morning, heading across the East Bay around 10 a.m. Did you spot it? Share your photos here!

Update, 6:10 p.m. Friday. Added Tomm Heath's photo.

Did you look up Friday morning to witness history?

The Space Shuttle Endeavour made its once-in-a-lifetime farewell tour over Northern California Friday morning, flying over the East Bay and Walnut Creek at around 10 a.m.

It was the last chance to see the Endeavour in the air. 

If you managed to snap a photo of the historic flight — share your pictures with fellow Patch users here. Click the "upload" button below the picture.

The flight path took Space Shuttle Endeavour over the San Francisco Bay Area about 9:30 a.m., roughly following U.S. Highway 101 and appearing over NASA-Ames, then the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Vandenberg Air Force Base. It will fly over Los Angeles in the late morning.

NASA will issue news of any changes, such as the one-hour takeoff delay time of 8:15 a.m., announced Thursday: http://www.nasa.gov/news/releases/latest/index.html

If  you spot the shuttle during the four-and-a-half-hour period, use Twitter hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour's vehicle designation.

NASA will webstream the Endeavour’s progress beginning at 8 am. via: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Share with your neighbors at Patch by uploading your photos! Just click on the "upload" below the picture at the upper right of this article. Include in the caption where you shot them, and what you were thinking. (You can on the NASA’s Flickr Group as well: http://www.flickr.com/groups/spaceshuttleendeavour)

Endeavour will become a land-bound exhibit in the California Science Center in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, the latest of the space shuttles to transition to civilian life, on museum duty. Not six months ago, Space Shuttle Discovery thrilled Washington D.C. with its April flyover all over restricted air space before settling in as an exhibit of the National Air and Space Museum.

Tuesday, NASA sent out suggested viewing locations—for maximum photo op possibilities— ranging from the State Capitol in Sacramento, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Chabot Space and Science Center, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Chabot touted its Oakland Hills vantage point, its activities on site, its experts who will be available to explain all (museum admission fees apply).

But really, wherever you are, try to look up on Friday morning, from the roof of a parking garage, or out in the park.

What do you think about the Space Shuttle Endeavour's visit to Northern California? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

David Mills September 22, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Joanna: Ah... that was today. Interesting. I didn't see them. Since they were fighter jets, they wouldn't have been checking on the burned area from the fire. We'll check and see what we can find out.
Karen September 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM
My husband and I were in Berkeley and I saw the The Shuttle with it's jet escort! It was awesome and was flying very low! Thank goodness we were at a stop sign or I might have crashed....only kidding! It was amazing!
Pete September 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM
The jets were performers for the airshow in Salinas this weekend.
Joanna September 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Thanks Pete. I guess they were waiting in line to do their thing over Salinas. Not so far away "as the jet flies."
kathleen solares September 25, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Endeavour, I saw it. It was the sound immediately over my head, of a very low flying jet that caught my attention. There, a F17 fighter jet accompanying a 737 jet with Endeavour on its back. Honestly I wasn't sure what I was more impressed with in this serendipity moment. After all how many fighter jets fly directly overhead at 1500' an unusually low altitude . The sun bright, the metal finishes glistened. Endeavour a bright white, so show room clean. What a sight. Only five of us saw this amazing event from a parking lot near Coast Guard Island. How grateful I was to have witnessed this moment. The jets passed so quickly, my phone couldn't sync fast enough to get a picture from where I stood. When Endeavour made its second fly over her course had changed and she was further west. All around the Bay Area more people were getting their chance to witness this magnificient moment. Perhaps the second fly over was the best view for them. For me, I was still wrapped in the glow of the moment. Its' the future. Kathleen Solares over and out

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