Elk Grove students gear up for shuttle flyover at Capitol

ELK GROVE, CA -When NASAflies the Space Shuttle Endeavour over the State Capitol Friday morning, 40 students and their teacher with the NASA explorer school in Elk Grove will be jumping for joy.

Teacher Autumn Nguyen said NASA called their school and invited their students to the State Capital for the event. The 40 students from her robotics class will be bused from Edward Harris Middle School in Elk Grove early Friday morning.

"These kids totally love math and science, and they love NASA," said Nguyen."So to be able see the Endeavour flyover, even though they didn't get to witness it as a child, now, it's right over their heads. It's real life."

"I want to work for NASA and design space shuttles," said 11-year-old Tristan Baker.

He's looking forward to the flyover for several reasons.

"I think I'm going to remember it and just tell everyone for my whole life basically. It's going to be insane!" Baker said.

"That will be the only time I'll ever see the Endeavour in flight ever again," said Wendy Yang.

Yang said she wants to become an aeronautical engineer and work for NASA when she grows up.

The shuttle Endeavour will fly atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a Boeing 747. According to NASA spokesperson Alan Brown, some time after 8:30 a.m.Friday Endeavour will make a single loop flyover around the downtown Sacramento area. It'llflyat about 1,500 feet around the State Capitol.Then, the Endeavor will leave for the San Francisco area.

Some of theprime viewing spots include the lawn at the Capitol, parking garages in downtown Sacramento and along the River Walk. Raley Field will not be open to the public, but the parking lot will be.

By Suzanne Phan,sphan@news10.net



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