AUSTIN (KXAN) - There was a majestic sight Thursday morning in the skies over Austin: the Space Shuttle Endeavour piggy-backed atop a 747.
- Captured by Michael Casamassa, the video attached to this story shows the view from atop the Austonian in Downtown Austin.
- Scot Stringfellow captured the second video.
The aircraft did a low flyover at the capital city at 7:38 a.m., on its way to El Paso. The shuttle left Houston at sunrise.
Many Austinites gathered at Auditorium Shores to take it all in. The moment lasted just seconds, but for many it was a moment not to be missed.
"I'm a space geek, shuttle-hugger. What can I say?" said Patti Barrett, who watched the flyover from Auditorium Shores.
But the self-proclaimed shuttle-huggers weren't alone. Others joined, sharing in the anticipation.
Some of the younger crowd wasn't sure what to expect
"I do know one thing," said a little girl watching with her family. "It's going to be big!"
She, of course, was right. Her family locked in on the sky above the city as Endeavour approached.
"It's--it's here! It's here! There it is! Wow, look at that!"
A loud roar erupted as Endeavour passed over the Downtown Austin skyline.
"Oh, that was awesome," said Barrett, "I got goosebumps."
The flyover marks the end of an era for people like Barrett.
"There's just a whole bunch of us that are really sad that, you know," said Barrett. "They're all ending up in museums, because we think they should still be flying."
And for many gazing into the clear sky Thursday, it was a glimpse of history passing before their eyes.
"Pretty historic moment, for what's taking place. It's something that we grew up with, watching them take off. So I just wanted my kids to be a part of that before it was gone."
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Two men were arrested and a third was being sought by police for the shooting death of 47-year-old Russell Martens.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
One person was killed Thursday in a rollover crash near Cedar Creek, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said.