After 25 missions in space, the shuttle Endeavour will make its way to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on September 20, center President Jeffrey Rudolph announced.
The shuttle will be ferried on a 747 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft from Florida to Los Angeles International Airport. NASA will work on it at the airport. Then, on October 12, it will be driven approximately 13 miles at less than one mile per hour through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood to the California Science Center, just south of downtown. The plan is for the shuttle to arrive at the science center the night of October 13.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says 212 streetlights will need to be removed for the shuttle's trip. He says the city is making every effort to reduce the number of trees that will need to be uprooted, but those that are will be replaced by twice as many. Since Endeavour is about 58 feet tall, all overhead utility lines will also need to be removed.