Space Shuttle Endeavor on its last voyage through Los Angeles

Space Shuttle Endeavor landed from its final space mission last year, but last week took its last trip through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center.  The trip took nearly three days.  Below is a time-lapse video of the trek; its immensity is obvious when you look at the streets and how it towers over the people, cars, and makes buildings feel smaller.

The shuttle was transported on a specially created, 80-wheel crawler that traveled no faster than 2 miles an hour.  With a 78-foot wingspan, care had to be taken to make sure that power lines were out of the way, as well as tree limbs, and that streets were covered in places with large metal sheeting so the shuttle would not crush any pipes under the roadways (the shuttle weighs 178,000 pounds).

Arriving at the California Science Center 12 miles from the Los Angeles airport took three days (it was 16 hours later than scheduled due to several logistical challenges, including a lightpost and a tree that the computer-controlled crawler successfully maneuvered around).  The California Science Center will have a huge celebration for the arrival Oct. 30-Nov. 4, 2012.  I will post more from the event.  Until then, enjoy the really well-made video produced by the Los Angeles Times.



~ by alanotte on October 21, 2012.

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