The space shuttle Endeavour is in Los Angeles, and starting on the night of Thursday, Oct. 11, it begins its final mission, Mission 26: winding its way from LAX to the California Science Center, where it will arrive Saturday night.
To clear the path for the shuttle, power lines, traffic signals and street lights are all being temporarily removed, with some trees being cut down. (However, authorities promise that four trees of higher quality will be planted in those areas for each tree removed, along with maintenance for two years provided by the California Science Center Foundation.)
According to the LAPD, the best locations for viewing the shuttle will be during a planned celebration at the Inglewood Forum parking lot, at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaze and during a transition period at Bill Robertson Lane at Exposition Park.
Here are the details of Endeavour’s route, though the times are only an approximation, according to the LAPD.
- The Endeavour leaves the United Airlines hangar at 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, Oct. 11.
- The shuttle heads down LAX Taxiway E17.
- 12:30 a.m. Friday: It then moves down a service road to LAX Gate A1A.
- 2 a.m.: Northside Pkwy. to Lincoln Blvd.
- 2:30 a.m.: S. McConnell Ave. to La Tijera Blvd.
- 3:30 a.m. to 4:15 a.m.: La Tijera Blvd. to Drollinger Parking Lot.
The shuttle then switches transporters from a narrow to a wide configuration.
- 1:30 p.m.: The shuttle exits the parking lot and heads on Sepulveda Eastway to Manchester Blvd.
- 2 p.m.: Manchester Blvd. to Osage Ave.
- 2:45 p.m.: Osage Ave. to S. Glasgow Ave.
- 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: S. Glasgow Ave to La Cienega Blvd.
From 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the shuttle will be set on dollies.
- 10 p.m.–10:15 p.m.: The shuttle crosses the Manchester Bridge.
After that, the front end of the orbiter will be placed on SPMTs, or self-propelled modular transporters, which are platform vehicles with giant wheels on the bottom. They’re used to transport very large objects — like a space shuttle. That will take until 11:55 p.m., then from 12:05 a.m. Saturday until 1:30 a.m., the back end will be put on SPMTs.
- S. Ash Ave. to Inglewood Ave.
- Grevillea Ave. to East Hillcrest Blvd.
- 8 a.m.: East Hillcrest Blvd. to South Prairie Ave.
- 9 a.m.: South Prairie Ave. to Crenshaw Dr.
- 10 a.m.: Crenshaw Dr. to Crenshaw Blvd.
- 11 a.m.: Crenshaw Blvd. to W. 79th St.
- 11:30 a.m.: W. 79th St. to West Florence Ave.
- 12 p.m.: W. Florence Ave. to W. Slauson Ave.
- 12:45 p.m.: W. Slauson Ave. to W. Vernon Ave.
- 1:30–2 p.m.: W. Vernon Ave. to MLK
The shuttle transporters will then be shifted back from a wide configuration to a narrow configuration, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
- 4 p.m.: MLK to Olmsted Ave.
- 5 p.m.: Omsted Ave. to 4th Ave.
- 5:45 p.m.: 4th Ave. to Western Ave.
- 7:15 p.m.: Western Ave. to S. Normandie Ave.
- 8:00 p.m.: S. Normandie Ave. to Bill Robertson Ln.
- 8:30 p.m.: Bill Robertson Ln. to the California Science Center Pavilion Ramp.
The shuttle is scheduled to arrive at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
Friday street closures include:
- Lincoln Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue
- Westchester Parkway between Sepulveda Boulevard and Airport Boulevard
- La Tijera between Sepulveda Boulevard Manchester Avenue
- Manchester Avenue between La Tijera Boulevard and Crenshaw Drive (City of Inglewood)
Saturday street closures include:
- Manchester Boulevard between (Inglewood Forum) and Crenshaw Drive
- Crenshaw Drive between Manchester Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard
- Crenshaw Boulevard between Manchester Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard
- Martin Luther King Boulevard Between Crenshaw Boulevard Figueroa Avenue