It may be worth taking the kids out of school to celebrate space by seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavour in-flight for the final time. The shuttle will be piggy backed onto a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, but it’s still a unique flyover.
NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View will host a viewing and celebration tomorrow morning, culminating with the flyover. The doors open at 6 a.m., with the free event beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a talk by Ames Center Director, Pete Worden, and presentations noting Ames’ contribution to the space shuttle, including heat shield, wind tunnel testing, computational modeling, astronaut training, and more. A former shuttle astronaut will be on hand to answer questions. The flyover is expected sometime around 8:30 a.m. Exact timing is weather dependent.
The downside is that more traffic is expected as the flyover should happen during the morning commute.
The flyover even has it’s own hashtag: #spottheshuttle.
The Endeavour will land in Los Angeles, where is will be on display at the California Science Center.
Photo courtesy of NASA