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Space Shuttle on SCA low flyover of San Francisco!

Selected By: Bhautik Joshi

The east end of Estrian Way

Estrian Way, SF, CA 94123 (map)

Selected by: Bhautik Joshi

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:
https://twitter.com/NASAAmes/status/248921881141452800­
Looks like takeoff has been delayed an hour in a spirited attempt to thwart the fog. Updating the start time.

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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:
http://www.marinij.com/ci_21573588/cassidy-space-shuttle-...­

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.

More details:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/events/2012/9.20.12_Shut...­
https://twitter.com/nasaames
https://twitter.com/casciencecenter

-b

Selected by: Bhautik Joshi

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  • David Yu's Photo

    this my shot from hawk hill:

    http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by David Yu September 22, 2012
  • Jason Rodman's Photo

    Here are my shots from Aquatic Park - Fleet Week needs to hurry up and get here! http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Jason Rodman September 22, 2012
  • Sergey Morozov's Photo

    My set of Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over San Francisco http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Kid in NASA jumpsuit was SUPER cool!

    Posted by Sergey Morozov September 21, 2012
  • Scott's Photo

    That was cool! Great location, weather and wow factor.
    http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Scott September 21, 2012
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    • Walter Nissen's Photo

      P.S. Your last shot is superb. I love the sharpness and the even exposure.

      Posted by Walter Nissen September 21, 2012
    • Walter Nissen's Photo

      For those who were curious, it took almost exactly thirty seconds for each pass over the bridge. Pretty intense. Here's my wide shot: https://plus.google.com/1126...­

      Posted by Walter Nissen September 21, 2012
  • Alex's Photo

    Here's one as Shuttle Endeavour approached Hanger One at NASA Ames.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    And when it emerged from behind Hanger One.

    http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Alex September 21, 2012
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    • Alex's Photo

      Most people were on the tarmac with me while the Shuttle fly on the other side of Hanger One.

      Posted by Alex September 21, 2012
    • Don Do's Photo

      I got to the Marina Green late and in excitement didn't switch my lens to VR and shot handheld :-(

      http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

      Thanks everyone for the direction and sharing the pictures

      Posted by Don Do September 21, 2012
  • Alan Shaw's Photo

    I was by the Yacht Club and I got this one of the shuttle about to be occulted by the Palace of Fine arts http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Alan Shaw September 21, 2012
  • Manish Parekh's Photo

    I ended up going to Marin Headlands, and here are a few pictures from that location. Unfortunately, the sun was right behind the shuttle for the GG Bridge flyover. The surprise of the 747 + Endeavour coming over Marin Headlands was unforgettable :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Manish Parekh September 21, 2012
  • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

    I don't want to get too spammy, but one last thing - if you liked photos of aircraft flying low over the bay, don't forget Fleet Week & the Blue Angels airshow is going to be in two weeks time. I've organized a meetup for this too, and please feel free to join us!

    http://www.meetup.com/flick...­

    Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 21, 2012
  • Francesco's Photo

    Thank you guys for all the updates and great pictures you are sharing!

    Posted by Francesco September 21, 2012
  • GPS's Photo

    I went to treasure island instead, but here are the pictures I got. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCcusbp­

    Posted by GPS September 21, 2012
    • Walter Nissen's Photo

      Ooh, I was wondering about that or Angel Island. Some more lovely pictures in that set.

      Posted by Walter Nissen September 21, 2012
  • Andreas's Photo

    From Ft. Point, I was able to catch the Shuttle plus GGB as it flew past the bridge : http://www.flickr.com/searc...­

    Posted by Andreas September 21, 2012
  • Justin Sane's Photo

    Makes you wish you could fly too :( http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Justin Sane September 21, 2012
  • Ted Judah's Photo

    My best shot. It totally surprised us all in the Marin Headlands when Endeavour suddenly appeared behind us!
    http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Ted Judah September 21, 2012
  • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

    Some early shots: http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 21, 2012
  • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

    Oh man, that was amazing - thankyou everyone for coming out today! Don't forget to post to the flickr group (www.flickr.com/groups/sfflick­rmeetup) and tag your photos #sfflickrmeetup #spottheshuttle #ov105 :)

    Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 21, 2012
    • Phil Dokas's Photo

      This was great, thanks again for planning this Bhautik, it was a great spot to be at!

      Posted by Phil Dokas September 21, 2012
  • Taggart Gorman's Photo

    Here's another good write on the plans for tomorrow, including the map from TELSTAR LOGISTICS:

    http://sfist.com/2012/09/20...­

    Posted by Taggart Gorman September 20, 2012
    • Andreas's Photo

      Sorry -- but that map is MINE not Todd's -- it was copied from my flickr stream (without asking) http://www.flickr.com/photo...­
      I talked with Todd and he confirmed the map is accurate

      Posted by Andreas September 20, 2012
    • Taggart Gorman's Photo

      Sorry Andreas, I got the attributions mixed up.

      Posted by Taggart Gorman September 21, 2012
  • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

    To get a rough idea of the kind of framing you'd get of a 747 at 1500ft, check out this map: http://www.flickr.com/photo...­
    In reality, the 747 appeared waaaaaaay above the top of the bridge; however, if you snap it a bit later and take into account the depth compression you get with a long lens you can easily make it look like the plane is barely buzzing the top of the bridge :)

    Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 19, 2012
    • Scott's Photo

      Heh, one of mine was in that set. :)

      Posted by Scott September 20, 2012
  • Michael's Photo

    FYI: Space shuttle Endeavour flyover of Bay Area set for an hour later than planned
    http://www.mercurynews.com/...­

    Posted by Michael September 20, 2012
  • Don Do's Photo

    Please let me know the time approximately, I will see if I can sneak out from the office :-)

    Posted by Don Do September 12, 2012
    • Andreas's Photo

      Here's a map of the planned flight path of the Space Shuttle. TELSTAR LOGISTICS confirmed with a NASA liaison the map is correct. Of course weather and other circumstances can force changes to that plan : http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

      the route is:
      * from Hayward to Oakland
      * Oakland to Sausalito
      * Circle around for two passes over the bridge
      * Then south over the water, over the Bay Bridge, to the east of the peninsula and then down to Moffett field

      Posted by Andreas September 20, 2012
  • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

    Another update: rumour is that the shuttle will loop and fly twice over the Golden Gate Bridge - 2x opportunities for the shot!

    https://twitter.com/TelstarL...­

    :)

    Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 20, 2012
    • Walter Nissen's Photo

      Boy, that would be nice. Maybe enough time to swap lenses and get a wide shot too.

      Posted by Walter Nissen September 20, 2012
    • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

      ....and here is the fog forecast for 8 and 9am tomorrow - so far, so good:
      http://i47.tinypic.com/rizt...­

      Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 20, 2012
  • Walter Nissen's Photo

    Is Istrian Way too close at 10,000 ft. from the bridge? I have a 55-300mm on a 1.5x crop sensor camera, giving a 4600 ft horizontal field of view (according to http://www.tawbaware.com/ma...­ ). The towers alone are 4200 ft apart, and the whole suspension bridge is 6500 ft, so to see the whole thing, I'd have to be at 15,000 ft., which would be roughly at Fort Mason ( according to http://www.daftlogic.com/pr...­ ) Hmm...

    Posted by Walter Nissen September 20, 2012
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    • Walter Nissen's Photo

      Yeah, that's a dramatic shot for sure. Definitely a tradeoff between elegance and impact. To look at it from the other perspective, the 747 is about 250' long, so to fill half the frame with it at 300mm (1.5x crop) you could be at most 6500' away. That's pretty close, given how long the bridge is.

      Posted by Walter Nissen September 20, 2012
    • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

      It'll be a big flying block - don't forget that the whole carrier assembly is 100+ft in height (maybe 150ft? I'm not certain) :) My personal preference is to get really, really close to the subject, so that's been a factor in choosing this particular location. I'd like to be able to see the pilots aviator shades if I can get away with it :)

      Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 20, 2012
  • Don Do's Photo

    Any one familiar with Moffett Field? Is there a spot OUTSIDE of the area that allows a clear look at the Endeavour when if flies over? We wouldn't have to worry about the fog.

    Posted by Don Do September 19, 2012
    • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

      Try Shoreline Park (http://goo.gl/maps/rmeBl­) - right next to Moffett field.

      Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 19, 2012
    • Don Do's Photo

      Thanks Bhautik,

      I guess another option for East Bay people is at Don Edwards Bay National Wildlife (http://goo.gl/XbRpp­), there is a small hill there. Since the flight path goes over Hayward, Oakland, that hill can spot Endeavour on all sides, I hope. I would miss Golden Gate Bridge though but when Endeavour lowers to 1500 feet approaching Moffett, one could spot in easily on the hill.

      Posted by Don Do September 19, 2012
  • Jason's Photo

    Suggested viewing locations include the State Capitol in Sacramento, some of the San Francisco area museums including the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, the Exploratorium, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Monterey Bay Aquarium near Santa Cruz and Monterey.

    via http://www.spaceflightnow.c...­

    Posted by Jason September 19, 2012
  • Walter Nissen's Photo

    Ooh, they're going to get specific: "NASA has already announced a list of landmarks that includes Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, Malibu and Disneyland, but officials with the California Science Center plan to reveal additional sites at a 10 a.m. news conference Wednesday." http://latimesblogs.latimes...­

    Posted by Walter Nissen September 19, 2012
  • Walter Nissen's Photo

    Does anyone know what the fog usually is at 8:30 a.m.? I'm all for trying to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot, but not if the Golden Gate will be fog-shrouded. I've been there at 11 and been completely enveloped.

    Posted by Walter Nissen September 19, 2012
  • Andreas's Photo

    If you want to watch the flyover at Moffet Fields, you need to get the proper access pass -- register here : http://shuttleflyover-eorg....­

    Posted by Andreas September 18, 2012
  • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

    Right: so, if you want to get a head-start on planning, the best advice I got from a pilot friend of mine so far is to periodically check the list of temporary flight restrictions (TFR's) from the FAA. The one for California is here:

    http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_...­

    No shuttle TFR yet, but I expect that will turn up in the next few days.

    Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 13, 2012
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    • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

      Treasure Island could work pretty well - it all depends on the flight plan, which hasn't been disclosed. However, I'm aiming for Crissy field to get the 'glamour' shot of the shuttle over the Golden Gate Bridge :)

      Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 17, 2012
    • Clockwork Visions Photography's Photo

      Sounds great, thanks for the update!!

      Posted by Clockwork Visions Photography September 17, 2012
  • Jason Rodman's Photo

    Flight schedule is delayed... http://latimesblogs.latimes...­

    Posted by Jason Rodman September 17, 2012
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    • Darren's Photo

      Looks like it was delayed until Friday. That is when the Mountain View flyover is scheduled.

      http://www.nasa.gov/centers...­

      Posted by Darren September 17, 2012
    • Bhautik Joshi's Photo

      Darren: thankyou for the update! I've updated the schedule above.

      Posted by Bhautik Joshi September 17, 2012
  • Manny Robalino's Photo

    Some information about the no-fly times:
    http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pag...­

    Posted by Manny Robalino September 15, 2012
  • David Yu's Photo

    how about to see it from grizzly bear berkeley hill with a long lens? hope for clear weather? :)

    Posted by David Yu September 13, 2012
  • GPS's Photo

    I thought twin peaks might be a good vantage point. Or perhaps one of the rooftop public spaces in soma.

    Posted by GPS September 13, 2012
  • Henry Wong's Photo

    Thanks for the info. There are so many landmarks in San Francisco. Perhaps Coit Tower would be a good spot to be at. What about Twin Peaks? What about Golden Gate Bridge?

    Posted by Henry Wong September 12, 2012

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