NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour rolled through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Space shuttle Endeavour was making its way to its final destination on Saturday as it was set to retire at the California Science Center.
As the shuttle made its 12-mile journey through busy L.A. streets, it provided thousands of onlookers the opportunity to see the spacecraft up close. Rolling at a snail pace of 2mph - somewhat slower than its 17,000mph speed record in space - the 75-ton shuttle was carried by a 160-wheeled transport vehicle which was guided by remote control.
To make room for Endeavour, some 400 trees had to come down and numerous streetlights and power lines had to be temporarily removed. The city has promised to make up for the tree culling by replanting 1,000 replacements.
Endeavour's final destination is the California Science Center, an education-focused museum run jointly by the state and a not-for-profit foundation.
Where are the space shuttles going to be on display? Endeavour: To be displayed at the California Science Center Enterprise: On display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City Discovery: On display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC Atlantis: To be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida