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UPDATE: Shuttle Endeavour flies over Morro Bay

Space shuttle flying over my house in Grover Beach. . Photo submitted by Vic Montalban.
Space shuttle flying over my house in Grover Beach. . Photo submitted by Vic Montalban.

UPDATE: Tribune copy editor Jeanette Gray was working out in a gym in Morro Bay Friday morning when the 747 carrying space shuttle Endeavour flew over.

It happened at 11:15 a.m. Friday. "I was in the gym (off Quintana Road), and people said the shuttle was flying over. So we ran outside and saw it. People starting taking pictures of it."

Gray estimated the aircraft flew just offshore of Morro Rock. "It was flying slow, so there was lots of time to see it," said Gray.

ORIGINAL: The space shuttle Endeavour is now winging its way to Southern California.

But whether it will fly over San Luis Obispo County en route to Los Angeles is unclear.

An updated schedule posted Thursday afternoon by NASA on its website said the shuttle would take off atop its Boeing 747 carrier airplane from Edwards Air Force Base at 8:15 a.m. today. And that happened under clear skies this morning.

Next, it was to fly over Sacramento and the Bay Area. Viewing stations will be set up at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, the state Capitol, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

The shuttle will then make a pass over NASA’s Ames Research Center near Palo Alto before heading toward the coast and flying over the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Endeavour is set to fly over Vandenberg Air Force Base. NASA did not have an estimated time for arrival over the base near Lompoc, and whether it will head over SLO County or stay offshore on its way south was not outlined in the NASA schedule.

Finally, it will reach the Los Angeles basin at 11:30 and fly over numerous points, including Disneyland, the Getty Center and the Queen Mary. Endeavour is set to arrive at Los Angeles International at 12:45 p.m.

The trip can be viewed live on NASA’s televised broadcast online: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Twitter users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour's vehicle designation.

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