September 22, 2012|11:11 am
Space shuttle Endeavor landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport Friday completing its final voyage to cheers and a hoard of photographers.
(Photo: Reuters)The space shuttle Endeavor is taking its final journey today, lifting off this morning from Florida on the back of a Boeing 747, en route to Houston and finally California, where it will be on display at the California Science Center.
Endeavor took off from Edwards Air Force in the morning, flying over the state Capital, Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood Sign and other iconic locations en route to the landing.
(Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)The Space Shuttle Endeavor flies on the back of a 747 behind Bay Bridge in San Francisco en route to Los Angeles International Airport September 21, 2012. Endeavor will be moved to its permanent home at the California Science Center mid-October.
At the sound of the plane's engines spectators ran to get the best vantage point, pointing their cameras skyward.
(Photo: REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)The Space Shuttle Endeavor flies on the back of a 747 behind Bay Bridge in San Francisco en route to Los Angeles International Airport September 21, 2012. The space shuttle Endeavor, bolted to the top of a jumbo jet, took off on Friday from Edwards Air Force Base for a last airborne victory lap over California en route to its final frontier and retirement home - a science museum in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement and transportation authorities warned motorists not to "gawk and drive" saying, "If you're driving, please drive and don't try to take in the show simultaneously."
Endeavor has made 25 missions spending 299 days in space and orbited Earth nearly 4,700 times. It is now the second of three remaining shuttles to head to its retirement home.