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Photos: Shuttle Endeavour's California Sightseeing Tour

Crowd Waiting for Endeavour at NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center (via Twitter as @NASAAmes)

NASA Ames Research Center tweeted about the Endeavour flyover on September 21, 2012: "#spotheshuttle is making its way down to @NASAAmes now! The anticipation of thousands is palpable! http://pic.twitter.com/SD32LuIo."

Shuttle Endeavour Over NASA Ames

NASA Ames Research Center

Space shuttle Endavour and its Shuttle Carrier Aircraft fly over NASA's Ames Research Center control tower at Moffett Field, Calif., during a state-wide tour on Sept. 21, 2012. Endeavour flew over many California cities on the way to Los Angeles to become a museum piece at the California Science Center.

Endeavour over Redwood City, CA

Chris Butts

SPACE.com reader Chris Butts sent in this photo of shuttle Endeavour being flown over Redwood City, CA, on September 21, 2012.

Shuttle Endeavour's Final California Tour

NASA/Jim Ross

The space shuttle Endeavour atop its modified 747 carrier aircraft soars over the California high desert west of the towns of Rosamond and Mojave on the first leg of its Tour of California Sept. 21. The tour, including numerous flyovers of cities and landmarks in Northern and Southern California, would conclude with a landing at Los Angeles International Airport where Endeavour would be turned over to the California Science Center for permanent exhibit.

Shuttle Endeavour's Final California Tour

NASA/Jim Ross

NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft carrying space shuttle Endeavour soars over the high desert of Southern California following takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Friday morning on the last "California Tour" leg of its ferry flight into history.

Shuttle Endeavour's Final California Tour

NASA/Jim Ross

The space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA's modified 747 carrier soars northward over Rosamond Dry Lake just east of the town of Rosamond as it begins its Tour of California on the last leg of its final ferry flight on Sept. 21, 2012.

Shuttle Endeavour's Last California Takeoff

NASA

Space shuttle Endeavour takes off from Edwards Air Force Base near the Dryden Flight Research Facility in Southern California for its final ferry flight, a sightseeing trip over California, before arriving at its new museum home in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2012.

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with Endeavour and Chase Plane

NASA TV

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft carrying shuttle Endeavour is joined by a chase plane shortly after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 21, 2012.

Endeavour Over California

Crystal Worley

Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over Crystal Worley's parents home, near Rosamond Ca. This image was taken Sept. 21, 2012.

Spectators at Endeavour's Takeoff from Edwards

NASA Social Media Team (via Twitter as @NASASocial)

NASA Social Media Team tweeted this photo on September 21, 2012 and wrote: "The #NASASocial guests bidding a @NASADryden farewell to a dear friend. Go Endeavour! #spotheshuttle pic.twitter.com/1ZXyii6W."

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