Go Metro to see to what could possibly be the coolest thing ever: the Space Shuttle Endeavour riding piggyback over the L.A. metro area!

Photo: NASA

The above photo was taken in Houston on Wednesday. And that’s what we’re going to be treated to on Friday morning in the L.A. area. From NASA:

Any time after 11:30 a.m., watch for flyovers of Endeavour passing landmarks such as the California Science Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center, Disneyland, The Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Malibu Beach, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Queen Mary, Universal Studios and Venice Beach. Endeavour will land about 12:45 p.m., at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) .

During the four-and-a-half hour flight, social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s vehicle designation.

Many of these locations are easily accessed on the Metro system — the Expo Line serves the California Science Center, the Red Line stops at Universal City, the Blue Line will take you to downtown Long Beach for views of the waterfront, among others and the Red/Purple Line, Gold Line, Expo and Blue lines all serve downtown L.A. — where tall buildings should provide a view.

Exact details of the flight plan are not being released ahead of time. We do know that the shuttle carrier will be flying low — likely below 2,000 feet. Some other places that could be good viewing spots are elevated rail stations on the Expo Line. The area around the Rose Bowl (a short bike ride from the Gold Line’s Memorial Park station) could also be good for the JPL flyover.

If you get some good photos of the Shuttle from Metro, please email them to us at sourcemetro@gmail.com and we’ll gladly post here. Or tweet them to us at our @metrolosangeles handle. Should be a really great day for the region.


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