Space Shuttle Endeavor Almost Home
LOS ANGELES, CA — After 25 missions, millions of miles in space, and thousands of miles logged during its final fly over, Space Shuttle Endeavour is about to travel the final leg of its journey. Friday morning it will be carried from LAX across the streets of Los Angeles to its new home at the California Science Center.
However, the 12 mile journey dubbed " Mission 26" is quite an "Endeavor." With top speeds of just two miles an hour, the shuttle will be just inches away from buildings at some points along the route. It has 80 wheels. Each wheel can move independently but they are all computer controlled. To clear the path, the city cut down nearly 400 trees and removed some 200 street lights and 60 traffic signals.
Crews also had to install steel reinforcements along parts of the streets to accommodate the 78 foot wide, 170,000 pound spacecraft. The estimated cost to ship the shuttle across the country is $28 million, and will be paid by the California Science Center.