An emotional and bittersweet day for Houston-area residents as Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over several notable Houston sites for the last time before landing at Ellington Airport.
Although there was a weather-related delay, people gathered at the San Jacinto Monument and outside their own homes and workplaces to view the shuttle as it was perched onto a modified NASA 747 shuttle carrier aircraft which flew through the Texas gulf coast on Wednesday morning.
Before the flight into Houston, the escorted shuttle flew from Kennedy Space Center and over notable aviation and aerospace sites in Florida including Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and Patrick Air Force Base. The shuttle later flew over southern Mississippi, and New Orleans, La.
Endeavour arrived into Ellington Airport around 10 a.m. Wednesday after flying over Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports, in addition to the monument and downtown Houston.
Visitors will be allowed to view Endeavour from 100 feet away until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ellington Airport.
After a scheduled refueling stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso and an overnight stay at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center/Edwards Air Force Base, Los Angeles International Airport will be the final destination for Endeavour, where the shuttle is scheduled to land on Friday.
Endeavour will be added as a permanent display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
To follow the path of Endeavour, anyone can use the hashtags #SpotTheShuttle and #OV105 on Twitter.
During its lifetime, Endeavour completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited the Earth 4,671 times.
On the Web:
NASA space shuttle transfer information -- http://www.nasa.gov/transition
NASA -- http://www.nasa.gov