Friday morning update:
NASA Ames twitter seems to indicate that all is go for a 9.30 flyover of SF. Looking forward to seeing you folks out there - I'll be heading east along that little spit of land to get a good view :)
Thursday evening update:
We're still on for tomorrow at 9.30am. Word from SFO is that there is a 'strong rumor' that it may be pushed back an hour more (http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_21595214/shuttle-en...), but I'll confirm that tomorrow morning. The absolute best place to get up-to-date information is the NASA Ames twitter feed - see here: https://twitter.com/nasaames
Thursday afternoon update:
Looks like takeoff has been delayed an hour in a spirited attempt to thwart the fog. Updating the start time.
Next Friday (9/21) the Space Shuttle riding piggyback on the specially-modified 747 carrier is scheduled to do a low flyover of 'San Francisco landmarks'.
There's a great writeup on the flight plan for Friday here:
Flight path (from the article): "After 8:30am, it will come in around Hayward, pass over Oakland, Richmond and Sausalito, then do a circle over the Golden Gate Bridge before continuing South down the peninsula…"
What to expect: http://www.flickr.com/photos/captin_nod/5068545014/
Fog warning: fog over the Golden Gate could really mess things up. I don't _think_ it's going to be an issue Friday, but if you don't want to take chances, your best opportunity getting a view is to head down to the South Bay (say, Shoreline park in Mountain View - anywhere near the water and Moffett field) where the weather is almost always better than SF. I'm taking a gamble and going to shoot near the Golden Gate Bridge anyway - if it works out, it'll be a spectacular photo. If you're feeling paranoid, check out the fog forecast tomorrow (http://weather.sfgate.com/auto/sfgate/geo/fogmap/index.ht...).
Location: I've picked a location that should give a good opportunities for framing of the flyover with the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city.