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Last weekend the Space Shuttle was parked in its new home in the California Science Center. The big air show, however, happened a few weeks ago. That's when the shuttle was flying into LA.

For this last leg of the final trip of the Endeavour the route planners drew a giant pretzel on the map. They made sure the event can be seen from all the landmark locations, including Disneyland, the Griffith Observatory, Universal Studios in Burbank, and Downtown LA.

To get these shots I climbed up the hill behind my house (for insiders–that's Runyon Canyon, military route). Of course I took my bazooka lens with me, the Nikon 80-400mm (effectively 120-600mm on my D300s). Make sure to click on these images to see them in full size!

What I had not expected was that the shuttle flew an extremely tight turn directly around the hill I was standing on. One full round. It was an amazing spectacle.

That's why I dedicate the new sIBL-of-the-month to all the fine engieers at NASA and the showmasters at the California Science Center!

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