The 747, Endeavour and the two chase planes fly almost over our heads as a small group of us gather atop one of hills in Culver City.

Today a travel-warrior made her final flight, past Venice Beach, Disneyland, The Queen Mary, Universal City, Malibu and even home sweet home, Culver City. This is Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last hurrah before she grabs the big room at her new retirement home. The California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles. Like thousands of others, I seek higher ground to snag a view of this miraculous machine, riding piggy-back on a great big 747.

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