Okay, we’re about to get a little nerdy on you, but we’re totally stoked for the arrival of Endeavour, the retired space shuttle that will eventually be an exhibit at the California Science Center.
This week, NASA’s been slowly transporting it through the air and on Friday, we’ll finally get our first glimpse of it here in Los Angeles.
Are you planning on watching it land at LAX? Here’s everything you need to know!
Today, it’s flying from NASA’s Johnson Space Center to Edwards Air Force Base, where it will spend the night.
Endeavour is scheduled to take off at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, flying low over Palmdale, Lancaster, Rosamond, and Mojave before heading north to Sacramento and San Francisco.
The shuttle will make its way back to Los Angeles around 11:30 a.m. passing over several landmarks, including Disneyland, the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, and its future home, the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
If the weather is good enough, Endeavour will also fly over Venice Beach, Universal Studios, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Long Beach Aquarium, and the Queen Mary.
It is scheduled to land at LAX at roughly 12:30 p.m., but keep in mind that the shuttle will NOT be transported to the Science Center for a few weeks, so don’t camp out on the streets!
Instead, it will be housed in a United Airlines hangar. On October 12, Endeavour will begin its journey through the streets of Los Angeles. The route includes Manchester Avenue, Crenshaw Blvd., and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
If you have some free time today, several local landmarks are offering some great freebies to help you get a little closer to all the action.
At Los Angeles City Hall, they are opening the Tom Bradley Tower for viewing.
Get a bird’s eye view from Griffith Observatory. There’s a free shuttle to the observatory that leaves from the overflow parking lots for the Greek Theatre at 2700 N. Vermont Avenue.
The Queen Mary is offering free admission from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to anyone who tells the ticket attendant the code word “Endeavour.”
And finally, Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park will offer free rides on its Ferris wheel on Friday between 10 a.m. and noon.
On October 13, the shuttle will make a pit stop at Inglewood City Hall and at the intersection of Crenshaw and MLK for a performance produced by actress & choreographer Debbie Allen.
Endeavour will be on display at the California Science Center starting on October 30.