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Space shuttle Endeavour takes to California skies

 The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali...
 In this photo provided by the Southwest Photo Bank, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, watch the Space Shu...
 The retired shuttle Endeavour piggy-backs a modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier during its final flight Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 as the pair...
 In this photo provided by the Southwest Photo Bank, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, watch the Space Shu...
 Ashely Olson, left, poses with her sisters, Alexis, center, and Alyssa in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Cen...
 The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali...

Space Shuttle Last Stop

The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali...

Space Shuttle-Last Stop

In this photo provided by the Southwest Photo Bank, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, watch the Space Shu...

Space Shuttle-Last Stop

The retired shuttle Endeavour piggy-backs a modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier during its final flight Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 as the pair...

Space Shuttle-Last Stop

In this photo provided by the Southwest Photo Bank, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, watch the Space Shu...

Space Shuttle Last Stop

Ashely Olson, left, poses with her sisters, Alexis, center, and Alyssa in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Cen...

Space Shuttle Last Stop

The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali...

Space shuttle Endeavour has taken off on an aerial tour of California.
Riding piggyback atop a modified 747 jumbo jet, the shuttle departed Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert on Friday morning. The pair overnighted at the base 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Los Angeles after a cross-country flight.
Endeavour will circle the high desert before flying north to Sacramento, where it will make a low pass over the state Capitol. Then it will head to the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles basin, buzzing by landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge before landing at the Los Angeles International Airport.
The flyovers will last nearly five hours. Throngs of spectators are expected to watch Endeavour in the air before it retires to a Los Angeles museum.