Before dawn on Friday, October 12, the Space Shuttle Endeavour began its last journey, traveling 2 mph over three days to its new home at the California Science Center. Shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, the shuttle arrived at the California Science Center.
Endeavour’s route across Los Angeles and Inglewood. View Mission 26: The Big Endeavour in a larger map
“Endeavour’s arrival is a wonderful boon for our city, county and state,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We want everyone to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, and let us hear from you: tweet your Endeavour photos to @mridleythomas with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle.”
With a tail height of 58 feet and wingspan of 78 feet, the shuttle’s dimensions required detailed attention to its surface route. Although many trees had to be removed to permit Endeavour’s passage, the California Science Center has committed to replanting four trees for every one taken down, and to providing a package of community benefits that include scholarships and job training.
While its permanent home at the science center is being constructed, the shuttle will be housed in a temporary hangar, and on October 30, “Mission 26: The Big Endeavour” officially will open to the public.
Space shuttle Endeavour, which orbited the earth on 25 missions, made its final journey in the air, leaving the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral for the last time and arriving in Los Angeles on September 21. Endeavour traveled piggyback atop a Boeing 747 to LAX, where it was housed in a United Airlines Hangar while engineers from NASA prepared it for its journey to the California Science Center.