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PHOTOS: Space Shuttle Endeavour embarks on 12-mile trip to LA museum

4:39 AM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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Space Shuttle Endeavour begins its final journey at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to its permanent home, in the early morning hours October 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Over the next two days, the 170,000-pound (77,272 kg) shuttle will travel at no more than 2 mph (3.2 km per hour) along a 12-mile (19km) route from LAX to it's final home at the California Science Center. NASA Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011 after 30 years and 135 missions. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck

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.

The Associated Press

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