Endeavour Finally Reaches Its Permanent Home

12 miles later, the space shuttle arrives at a Los Angeles museum

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 14, 2012 5:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – It took much longer than expected, but the Space shuttle Endeavour has finally reached its permanent resting place at a Los Angeles museum. After a 12-mile journey through city streets that included thousands of adoring onlookers, flashing cameras, and even the filming of a TV commercial, Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center today to a greeting party of city leaders and other dignitaries that had expected it many hours earlier.

The Endeavour was still slowly moving toward a hangar on the grounds of the museum this afternoon. Organizers had planned a slow trip, saying the spacecraft that once orbited at more than 17,000 mph would move at just 2 mph in its final voyage. But that estimate turned out to be generous, with Endeavour often creeping along at a barely detectable pace when it wasn't at a dead stop due to difficult-to-maneuver obstacles like trees and light posts.

Spectators photograph the space shuttle Endeavour as it slowly moves down Martin Luther King Blvd. in Los Angeles Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.   (Alex Gallardo)
The space shuttle Endeavour slowly moves down Martin Luther King Blvd. in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct.14, 2012.   (Alex Gallardo)
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