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People come out in droves to watch Endeavour make its victory lap in LA

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Off-Ramp's John Rabe and Jerry Gorin went to downtown LA and Altadena, respectively, to catch a glimpse of Endeavour and to talk with enthusiastic Angelenos about the historic event.

Locals in downtown said that it was a "once in a lifetime event" and that they wanted to "witness history" and experience it with other people. Onlookers gathered at the plaza of the DOT building, on top of the LAPD building, city hall, and everywhere else you can imagine. Unfortunately for Rabe and others who didn't have the sense to climb up high, they caught sight of the shuttle for all of 3 seconds.

In Altadena, though, hundreds upon hundreds of people, including many families who'd taken their kids out of school, hiked up to a hillside near the Jet Propulsion Lab and were not disappointed. The shuttle-on-top-of-the-plane teased the crowd for a second when it peaked around the Santa Monica mountains and people also realized how low it was flying and grew even more excited. A few minutes later the plane emerged from the Arroyo Seco pass in the south and flew in from the east, making a majestic swoop over the hillside and Hahamongna Watershed Park before disappearing again, this time on its way to LAX.