Endeavour Still Inching Toward Final Destination

Scheduled to arrive at California Science Center tonight

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 13, 2012 3:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – At every turn of Endeavour's stop-and-go commute through urban streets, a constellation of spectators trailed along as the space shuttle ploddingly nosed past stores, schools, churches, and front yards. Having escaped out of Earth's atmosphere two dozen times, Endeavour's slow-speed trek today to its retirement center took it through the working class streets of southern Los Angeles. In an instant, the shuttle crossings became part of history. Along the 12-mile course, people marveled at the engineering. Some rooted for Endeavour when it appeared it might clip a lightpost. Others wondered if it could just hurry up to its destination.

Endeavour was scheduled to inch into the California Science Center late today to spend the rest of its years as a museum piece. Before it did, the shuttle made a late-morning pit stop at the Forum, where it was greeted in the arena's parking lot by a throng of cheering spectators. After crawling up Crenshaw Boulevard, the shuttle was scheduled to stop for a bit at the intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A celebration was planned, including speeches by politicians and a dance performance choreographed by Debbie Allen. Endeavour hit the pavement before dawn yesterday, and last night was towed over a freeway overpass by a truck. Click for more on the 2mph journey.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)
Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (Patrick T. Fallon)
The space shuttle Endeavour sits in a strip mall near Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
The space shuttle Endeavour sits in a strip mall near Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (Jae C. Hong)
A couple poses with a street sign temporarily removed prior to the transfer of the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
A couple poses with a street sign temporarily removed prior to the transfer of the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (Jae C. Hong)
Vivianne Robinson Crowds poses in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Vivianne Robinson Crowds poses in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)
Spectators gather around the Space Shuttle Endeavour before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Spectators gather around the Space Shuttle Endeavour before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)
Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (Mark J. Terrill)
The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour sits before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)
The space shuttle Endeavour makes it's way down Manchester Blvd. over a closed 405 fwy in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
The space shuttle Endeavour makes it's way down Manchester Blvd. over a closed 405 fwy in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (Chris Carlson)
Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (Patrick T. Fallon)
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Mark J. Terrill)
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