HOUSTON — The space shuttle Endeavour atop its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is scheduled to depart Houston’s Ellington Field at about 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday for California.
Departure is planned to the south with low flybys of Clear Lake and NASA’s Johnson Space Center expected before the aircraft and shuttle turn northwest for a final pass over Houston heading west.
Public viewing only will be allowed from the permanent fence line at Ellington Field. Only news media and essential personnel will be allowed inside the perimeter fence.
After departing the Houston area, the flight plan includes a low pass over the downtown Austin area near the Texas State Capitol building between 7:30-8 a.m.
A fueling stop is planned at about 8:30 a.m. MDT in El Paso at Biggs Army Air Field. Takeoff from Biggs is planned for about 11 a.m.
After the refueling stop at Biggs, the SCA and Endeavour will make low-level flybys of the White Sands Missile Range and NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, as well as Tucson, Arizona en route to California. The
flyover of Tucson will take place approximately an hour and 15 minutes after departure from Biggs.
Arrival at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base is scheduled for approximately noon PDT.