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September 21, 2012
Endeavour's aerial tour ends in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Space shuttle Endeavour landed safely at the Los Angeles International Airport Friday at 1p.m. after a whirlwind aerial tour around California landmarks.

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

Endeavour is the second of three remaining shuttles to head to its retirement home. In April, Discovery arrived at the Smithsonian Institution's hangar in Virginia. Atlantis, which closed out the shuttle program, will stay in Florida where it will be towed a short distance to the Kennedy Space Center's visitor center in the fall.

Endeavour will remain at an airport hangar for several weeks as crews ready the shuttle for its own road trip. Unlike Atlantis, it will creep through city streets to the California Science Center near downtown.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flies over Sacramento, Calif. on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2012. The Sacramento Bee / Lezlie Sterling
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The space shuttle Endeavour flies over the downtown Los Angeles skyline September 21 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The shuttle is scheduled to land at LAX Friday afternoon. Los Angeles Times / Brian van der Brug
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People stand along Aviation Blvd. as the space shuttle Endeavour lands at LAX Friday, September 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Times / Wally Skalij
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The space shuttle Endeavour passes the iconic Hollywood sign on Friday, September 21, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles Times / Gary Friedman
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Flying aboard a specially modified 747 transport plane, Space Shuttle Endeavour makes a loop around the bay and makes a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge as it flies for the final time on Friday, September 21, 2012. Contra Costa Times / Ray Chavez
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Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, passes over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez
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Sightseers line the I Street bridge as the Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) flies over Sacramento, Calif. on Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2012. The Sacramento Bee / Tim Reese
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Karen Thiebaud, from Sacramento, makes pictures of the Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) as it flies flies over the Capitol dome in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday morning, September 21, 2012. The Sacramento Bee / Sue Morrow
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. AP / Jae C. Hong
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Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop the shuttle aircraft carrier, flies over downtown Austin, Texas early Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. AP / Marco Hanson
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Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop the shuttle aircraft carrier, passes above Austin, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Austin American-Statesman / Ralph Barrera
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Scott Rush, left, photographs space shuttle Endeavour atop the shuttle aircraft carrier after landing Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Ellington Field in Houston. AP / David J. Phillip
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A crowd gathers around the space shuttle Endeavour, carried atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, after landing at Ellington Field on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Houston. Houston Chronicle / Smiley N. Pool
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Space shuttle Endeavour flies over Ellington Field in Houston atop the shuttle aircraft carrier Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. AP / David J. Phillip
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Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop the shuttle aircraft carrier as it circles Ellington Field before landing Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Houston. AP / David J. Phillip
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Space Shuttle Endeavour is ferried by NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Houston, Texas on Wedneday, Sept. 19, 2012.. Photo taken in the backseat of a NASA T-38 chase plane. NASA / Sheri Locke
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Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop the shuttle aircraft carrier as it flies over Houston, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Houston Chronicle / Mayra Beltran
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The space shuttle Endeavour rides atop a modified 747 beyond the Houston skyline Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, stopping in the city en route to Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) AP / Pat Sullivan
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Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop the shuttle aircraft carrier as it flies over Houston, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Houston Chronicle / Michael Paulsen
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Spectators watch as space shuttle Endeavour flies over Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., on Wednesday Sept. 19, 2012 on it's way to it's permanent home at the California Science Center at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The Sun Herald / JOHN FITZHUGH
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Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen in this aerial photo flying near NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, where the external fuel tanks for the shuttle program were made, in New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen in this aerial photo flying over the skyline of New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. AP / Gerald Herbert
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Perched atop a modified Boeing 747, space shuttle Endeavour departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, September 19, 2012, en route to Houston, the first leg of a two-day trek to California. Orlando Sentinel / Red Huber
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Space shuttle Endeavour makes its departure atop a modified jumbo jet from the Kennedy Space Center, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Endeavour will make a stop in Houston before heading to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. AP / John Raoux
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Perched atop a modified Boeing 747, space shuttle Endeavour departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, September 19, 2012, en route to Houston, the first leg of a two-day trek to California. Orlando Sentinel / Red Huber
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Space shuttle Endeavour atop a modified jumbo jet makes its departure from the Kennedy Space Center, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. AP / Terry Renna
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This photo provided by NASA shows space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, at the Shuttle Landing Facility in the early morning hours at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA / Bill Ingalls

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