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Friday, September 21, 2012

Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, on September 21, 2012.
REUTERS / Patrick Fallon

Endeavour arrives in the Golden State... In an aerial show that captivated millions across Northern and Southern California (except in San Diego) earlier today, the retired space shuttle Endeavour and her carrier jet NASA 905 managed to do flyovers of some of the Golden State's most memorable landmarks. From the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood Sign to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, and even the decommissioned battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro, NASA made sure that awesome photo ops for the space shuttle fleet's youngest orbiter were made available along the California coastline and the Los Angeles area before Endeavour touched down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 12:51 PM, Pacific Daylight Time. The orbiter is now undergoing preps at LAX before she is set to dazzle the L.A. public once more during a 2-day street parade to the California Science Center, Endeavour's final home, on October 12 and 13.

Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on September 21, 2012.
NASA / Carla Thomas

Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena on September 21, 2012.
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Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Orange County, on September 21, 2012.
NASA / Jim Ross

Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Queen Mary in Long Beach on September 21, 2012.
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Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro on September 21, 2012.
NASA / Jim Ross

Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the California Science Center on September 21, 2012.
NASA / Jim Ross

Endeavour and NASA 905 fly over the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) prior to touching down at LAX on September 21, 2012.
NASA / Scott Andrews

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