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Space shuttle over a sunny San Francisco

The Space shuttle Effort went over a warm San Francisco, sliding over the cranes at the Slot of Concord, the gleaming ocean of the Bay and the Fantastic Checkpoint Link.

Endeavour, driving on top of a 747, approved the Fantastic Checkpoint Link twice, fascinating audience of people on the streets and bikers on the bridge's roads. A audience of children and adults had their mobile phones and overview digital cameras targeted at the air when Effort showed up as a dot, coming in from the south east about 10:15 a.m.

By 10:22, Effort came back for a second pass, coursing nearer and lower and humming the bridge. As the sound of the plane's engines perished out the traffic on the bridge and visitors ran to get the best standpoint, shouts of "Whooo!" could be heard as the taxi went over the revocation bridge.

 "It was incredible. Did you listen to all the clapping? I can't even believe we're here!" said Polly Lestikow, of Centennial, Colo., who just occurred to be biking across the link Saturday day, unacquainted with NASA's organized display Saturday.

The much scary fog was gone by enough time Effort went by the Fantastic Checkpoint.

It was value the delay, after a few antsy minutes on the Fantastic Checkpoint Bridge.

The parking lots on the San Francisco side of the bridge had filled by 8:30. Vista point was lined with people shortly thereafter. Bridge bicyclists stopped on the graceful span as traffic whizzed by.

At around 9:40, Endeavour watchers spotted a plane above the bridge. Cameras swung toward it, just in case.

"False alarm," mourned cyclist Les Lockspeiser, who lives in Denver. "Wayward plane. United Airlines screwing us again."

From the Bay Area, Endeavour was headed south to Monterey and then to Los Angeles.
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Final Space Shuttle Launch

Thunderstorms threatened to delay the final space shuttle launch, set the date, and lightning near the pad caused a brief flurry of concern to NASA engineers first concluded that the shuttle was OK.

Lightning struck a water tower about 500 meters from the launch pad at noon on Thursday, said the space agency. Technicians checked for signs of electrical problems, but a review board has ruled out any injury.

Weather today, in turn, looked grim, with only a 30% chance of acceptable time to start on time, 11:26

NASA test director Jeff Spaulding said the spacecraft had successfully started with the worst prognosis.

"There are some opportunities there," said Thursday that the rain settles "This day is very difficult if you make a decision not to go and that is a good time."

NASA closed its 30 years of the Space Shuttle Program to target the asteroids and Mars, the preferred destinations of the White House. Private companies take its place to pull the cargo and crew to the International Space Station.

NASA has until Sunday, maybe Monday, to get Atlantis and its four astronauts in orbit. Otherwise, the probe will remain grounded until next week due to a rocket launch Air Force, which is a priority.

Rain or shine, hundreds of thousands of people expected to jam the area to launch. Some estimates put the crowd at about 1 million. Dozens of astronauts are already in the city, including the first shuttle pilot Robert Crippen, who opened the era aboard Columbia in 1981.

"It is a sad moment for me, of course, but it is also the time when I feel proud," Crippen told the Associated Press.

Atlantis is on track with the space station for a year applies. NASA wants to orbit the Outpost is a well-stocked case of slow loading bays trading began.

The first privately-term supply - by the technologies of space exploration - is tentatively scheduled for late this year.

12-day trip during the Atlantis is due to expire again on touchdown at Kennedy Space Center July 20, 42 anniversary of the first steps on the Moon.

"There's an old saying that it is better to travel well than to arrive," said Spaulding. "And I must say, after 30 years, our program and the shuttle in all their missions, at less worked fine. ... And after landing, I think we can say at this stage as we arrived. "
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