Space shuttle embarks on 12-mile trip to LA museum

Space shuttle embarks on 12-mile trip to LA museum

Space shuttle Endeavour passes a "Welcome Home" sign as it begins its journey to its permanent home in Los Angeles in the early morning hours Oct. 12, 2012, at Los Angeles International Airport. / AFP/Getty Images

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:07 AM

   LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The space shuttle Endeavour is making its final journey to a Los Angeles museum.


   The giant spacecraft began its 2-mph crawl through streets near Los Angeles International Airport at about 2 a.m. Friday. Crowds in the neighborhood lined the streets to watch it being hauled past. Some called it a once-in-a-lifetime sight.


   About 400 trees and many traffic lights were taken down to make room for the five-story-tall shuttle with its 78-foot wingspan.


   The shuttle's 160-wheeled carrier stopped briefly so that crews could prune more trees.


   The shuttle will go 3 miles and then stop for nine hours to prepare for a final 9-mile roll the California Science Center.

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