The Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off Wednesday on its final flight, piggybacking on a 747 across the country toward the Bay Area for a historic flyover Friday on its way to it final destination: a Los Angeles museum.

Endeavour's cross-country farewell flight, which marks an end to the 30-year space shuttle program, left the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and landed at Houston's Ellington Field. Scheduled to leave Houston on Thursday morning, Endeavour makes a pit stop at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, before spending Thursday night at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert.

If all goes according to plan and the weather holds, the Endeavour is expected to lift off from Edwards at 7:15 a.m. Friday and head north. So where -- and when -- can you see it?

The flight route includes low-altitude flyovers at several key Northern California landmarks, including the state capitol in Sacramento, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the NASA-Ames Research Center at Mountain View's Moffett Field.

Other Bay Area viewing spots include Oakland's Chabot Space and Science Center, where a "pajamas optional" viewing party is planned at 8 a.m. for a $15.95 adult ticket price. Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science has a grand view of the Bay Area, and while no program is planned, officials suggest bringing binoculars and $1.50 for parking.Carolyn Billingsley, an administrative assistant at the Hall of Science, said she's been following her friends' Facebook posts and tweets as the Endeavour crossed the country this week. She's excited to see it, she said, but "a little sad, too, because I had always hoped to see a real launch."

She hasn't been able to shake the image of the Challenger explosion in 1986, when she stayed home from school in second grade to watch the takeoff. "I always wanted to see a launch in person to offset that memory," Billingsley said. "Maybe being able to bring the shuttle to its new home would be kind of neat."

In what promises to be an iconic photo for the scrapbook, the shuttle is expected to fly over the Golden Gate at 1,500 feet about 8:30 a.m. and head south. By 9:30 a.m., the ferried shuttle is expected to fly over Moffett Field, which is open to the public. Times are subject to change, depending on weather.

The last of 2,500 parking passes at Moffett Field have already been snatched up, however, so organizers encourage people to come as early as 6 a.m. by light rail and bus.

Before the shuttle touches down at Los Angeles International Airport, it will fly by the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Malibu and Disneyland. Eventually, Endeavour will settle in at its new home: the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

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