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PHOTOS: Endeavour Loops the Skies Above Hollywood

Positioned atop The Residences at W Hollywood, viewers got a 360 view of the space shuttle's lap in Los Angeles Friday afternoon.

Viewers were filled with anticipation and excitement for a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at one of the best vantage points of the Hollywood skyline.

Turns out viewers were treated to more than a glimpse as Endeavour made a lap over the Hollywood Hills, giving viewers plenty of time to record the historic moment Friday afternoon.

Atop The Residences at W Hollywood, viewers were treated had a 360 view of the shuttle's lap around the Los Angeles area.

The shuttle became visible to rooftop viewers from the airspace above Century City as it headed east toward City Hall around 11:53 a.m.

Eventually, the shuttle entered the neighborhood from the west Hollywood Hills and flew toward Griffith Observatory. From there it did a loop, flew above the Hollywood sign and back over the hills. 

The shuttle left the Hollywood area after flying over iconic landmarks like the Capitol Records building, the stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and this reporter's head who was positioned at The Residences at W Hollywood helipad around 12:10 p.m.

Viewers at The Residences included employees and residents of the building.

Michelle Montany brought out her camera, but handed it over to a professional photographer who was watching the shuttle beside her.

Montany said she couldn't help, but feel like a kid again.

"I’ve always been into the space program," Montany said with a smile. "We used to watch the shuttles launch from class and they’d set-up a TV for us. [The shuttle is] a piece of American history." 

Lindsay Moulton watched the shuttle beside her mother and 2-year-old son, Ethan.

"That was an amazing moment, that’s a one of a kind in world history because it’s retiring and its the first space shuttle Ethan has ever seen," Moulton said. "We got to see it on top of the helipad. It doesn’t get any better than that."

When asked about her thoughts as the shuttle flew above her head, Moulton answered without missing a beat.

"I thought, 'God bless the USA, this is awesome to be an American,'" she said. "We’re a part of it. My son is part of it and it’s history. It was amazing and well worth coming out for." 

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