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The space shuttle Endeavour makes its final landing Friday (above) touching down at Los Angeles International Airport. The former orbiter took a flight around the L.A. area before it becomes a permanent attraction at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

Allen Murakoshi, president of the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Memorial Committee, said Endeavour’s enshrinement here in California is a befitting tribute to those who have contributed to NASA’s space program. “Let it also be a symbol of appreciation to those that sacrificed their lives to make this happen.”

Below, the shuttle, on the back of a modified 747, soars beyond the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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