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Shuttle Endeavour wows the crowds in California

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The space shuttle Endeavour, on top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA, makes a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge before making its final landing in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft come in to land at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

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Spectators wait for space shuttle Endeavour to arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

NBC News and news services - The space shuttle Endeavour finished its flying days for good on Friday with a sightseeing tour that crisscrossed California and ended up at Los Angeles' airport. Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the pair touched down just before 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) after a state-spanning flyover that lasted nearly five hours. One of the crew members stuck an American flag out of the hatch of the jet.

The flyover took Endeavour over the state Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and other icons en route to LAX, where the shuttle will be prepped for a slow-speed journey to its museum home next month. Continue reading the full story

A look back at the space shuttle's farewell tour as it travels from Florida to its new home in California

Space shuttle Endeavour arrives in Los Angeles, its final home. NBC's Jay Gray reports.


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