Endeavour unites the city for a few moments this morning

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Endeavor as it makes it pass over JPL...click to embiggen

It was a pretty amazing, pretty much the entire city of L.A. had its eyes to the skies waiting for their glimpse of the shuttle Endeavour as it made its final flight over us.  The anticipation of its arrival started last night when it made its landing at Edwards AFD and the local news was all aflutter with times and locations to view it.

I took the advice of a friend and headed to Altadena to the Gabrielino Trail head at the top of the Arroyo overlooking the JPL campus and the Hahamonga Park.  What a view we had of the area. Gorgeous skies, at least no fog for us up above the Arroyo.  It was hot and sadly I saw at least 3 folks pass out and need ambulances to wheel them out.  The area was jam packed with cars and had gridlocked itself by 11 AM.  L.A. Sheriff had its hands full trying to control the crowds and keep them off the streets. My best guess is that they gave up as they eventually blocked the roads around the trail head and let it fill up with people.  My best guess is that at least 500 folks lined up along  the road over the Arroyo.

When the shuttle finally arrived about 11:50 there was shouts of “there it is” and people started getting excited.  When the shuttle actually flew over us it was all cheers and applause.  Quite the shared moment for humanity.

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Endeavor as it banks away from us at JPL. Click to embiggen

All pics by me, more in my flickr set.

5 thoughts on “Endeavour unites the city for a few moments this morning”

  1. I went to Hahamonga Park, thinking that since so much of the US space program has come from work done at JPL it would be a fitting tribute to be next to the JPL site when the shuttle was flown over. Large crowd, friendly happy people…a truly memorable event. Thanks NASA, Thanks JPL

  2. AWEtotheSOME! Glad the viewing spot worked out well!!!! I didn’t make it back in time from Edwards AFB in time for the JPL flyover. But being 500′ away from the location where it lifted off the runway was spectacular; I don’t begrudge the JPL miss. At. All.

    (Such an awesome time at Edwards/Dryden the last coupla days. I was so stoked when I saw that our schedule included a tour INSIDE the 747, and it didn’t disappoint! — you can see a few of my best fotos on twitter @susankitchens — blog post to come later)

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