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Update 1:31 p.m.: Though the shuttle has arrived at the California Science Center, officials project that additional maneuvering to get the Endeavour into the hanger will take 3 hours. In an official update, the City of Los Angeles noted that the Los Angeles Police Department made no arrests, and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 64 medical service requests, many of which were heat-related emergencies. Thanks to everyone who stayed with us during these updates!

Update 1:17 p.m.: The Shuttle Endeavour has parked!! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addresses the crowd after workers stopped the spaceship on the street, several feet from the grass. "Nothing like this has been attempted before, and it will never again," he said. Watch the press conference live via ABC 7.

Update 12:52 p.m.: The Endeavour prepares to inch from pavement to wooden planks that have been placed on the grass in preparation for a press conference at Exposition Park, after it broke through yellow ceremonial tape. It is now about three shuttle lengths away from its destination.

Update 12:09 p.m.: Now off of MLK Boulevard, the Endeavour has paused on Exposition Park grounds, about 150 yards from where it's supposed to park. Workers continue to cut away branches.

Update 11:04 a.m.: The shuttle has come to a stop right outside Exposition Park as officials contemplate how to maneuver the Endeavour through its final turn. A wide left turn seems easy, but with the ship weighing 85 tons, measuring 122-feet long and toting a 78-foot wingspan, the left may prove complicated. KPCC's Rina Palta says the shuttle should get moving soon.

Update 10:55 a.m.: The Endeavour closes in on its destination...

Update 9:39 a.m.: The Endeavour is back to speed, trundling down MLK Boulevard after tree cutters cleared branches out of the way. Officials estimate that the shuttle will arrive at Exposition Park by 11 a.m.

Update 8:13 a.m.: Endeavour is now a mile and a half from the Science Center, at the intersection of MLK and Western. So it's going to arrive more than 12 hours behind schedule.

Update 7:58 a.m. Oct. 14: Roughly 12 hours behind schedule, Endeavour is slowly making its way up MLK Boulevard towards the Science Center. It is inching along, zig zagging to avoid the pine trees. 

Update 11:14 p.m.: The LAPD says Endeavour will not arrive at the California Science Center until at least 5 a.m. The shuttle was delayed by the need to trim additional trees along the route, as well as some mechanical problems with Endeavour's transporter. The orbiter remains parked at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Boulevards; its last leg east on MLK will be slower than the earlier parts of the journey, because it will have to avoid a number of tall pine trees planted in honor of Martin Luther King. The city will not cut or trim those trees, so the shuttle will have to zig zag its way to avoid hitting them. Meanwhile, Metro announced that it will run its trains all night.

Update 10:02 p.m.:  Fire Department Batallion Chief Carlos Calvillo says Endeavour, at Martin Luther King and Crenshaw Boulevards, is more than five hours behind schedule. The shuttle is not expected to arrive at its home at the California Science Center until at least 1 a.m. 

Update 9:20 p.m.: As Endeavour gets ready to begin the final leg of its journey to the California Science Center, the L.A. Fire Dept says it's assigned two firetrucks to brighten up its path.

Meanwhile, NBCLA says it has been asked to stop airing its live video stream due to safety concerns expressed by the California Science Center.

Live video of the Endeavour's trip through South Los Angeles (From KCAL): 

Update 8:20 p.m.: If you missed the Endeavour's trip down Crenshaw Boulevard, there are quite a few sideline videos showing up on YouTube, including this gem posted by MingsChannel:


Update 8:00 p.m.: The Endeavour has arrived at Crenshaw Plaza, where KPCC reporter Corey Moore tells us the audience has been anxiously awaiting its appearance since 2 p.m. The Crenshaw marching band and dancers are currently throwing it a welcome party. 

Meanwhile, the shuttle is undergoing some planned maintenance as it prepares for the final stretch down Martin Luther King Boulevard.  

Endeavour's trip has encountered a number of small setbacks, mostly due to trees and street signs that have needed to be trimmed or taken down.

It's now 5 hours behind schedule.  

Update 6:34 p.m.: Bad news for those waiting at the California Science Center: 

The shuttle is approaching Crenshaw Plaza, where choreographer Debbie Allen, musicians and dancers have been awaiting its arrival for a welcome celebration.

Update 6:15 p.m.: The Endeavour is running 4 hours late, snaking its way up Crenshaw Boulevard toward MLK. At this rate, it should arrive at its new home after 1 a.m. Shuttle-watchers, grab your flashlights!

UPDATE 5:25 p.m.: L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa just made some remarks while walking in front of the shuttle with three Endeavour astronauts.

He expressed his pride in walking with "America's finest astronauts," and said that having Endeavour at the California Science Center will inspire young people to become astronauts or scientists.

(via @NASA's Twitter account)

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: The shuttle has been picking up speed along Crenshaw as it attempts to catch up to schedule.

Earlier, we caught up with professional stuntman and Matt McBride, who towed the Endeavour across the bridge spanning the 405 Freeway. 

McBride told KPCC's Shirley Jahad tha it was more nerve-wracking than his usual death-defying stunts 

"I probably was more nervous at this than being set on fire, to be honest with you," he said. "There was just a lot more eyes watching you and, like i said, it was a piece of history that was so important. You didn't want to make a mistake. You didn't want to ding a wing." 

Check out the full interview here: 

Endeavour shuttle driver Matt McBridge talks about his leg of the trip by KPCC

McBride's stretch of the trip took 4 months of preparation and just under 6 minutes to complete. 

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.: After a delay due to the tardy shuttle, the event has started up again at Crenshaw and King. It is currently over 3 hours late. But don't call her a diva.  

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: The space shuttle Endeavour really is going slowly. It is still  approaching 63rd street according to Glympse that has a fascinating real-time map of the spaceship's progress. 

UPDATE 3:16 p.m.: KPCC's Vanessa Romo tweets, "Endeavour finally crossed Florence. Now at the corner of 64th & Crenshaw. You can follow her at @vanromo. Corey Moore is also out there. Follow him at @KPCCorey.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: As it passes a McDonalds and cheering onlookers, Endeavour is now running a couple hours late as it approaches 71st St on Crenshaw. It was supposed to be at King Blvd around 1pm. Being fashionably late is nothing new for L.A. stars.

UPDATE 2:33 p.m.: Endeavour was scheduled to be at the corner of Crenshaw and King over 90 minutes ago. "There's water for you over at Krispy Kreme. There's water for you at Louisana Fried Chicken," Debbie Allen tells the crowd awaiting the shuttle and performance by the choreographer's dancers. The LADWP says that there are water fountains there for people to use in those locations.

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: The L.A. Times is live streaming the program taking place at the corner of Crenshaw and King Blvds. Right now two of Endeavour's former astronauts are talking about her.

UPDATE 2:04 p.m.: Corey Moore tweets that as "Endeavour inching its way now toward Crenshaw and MLK Blvds. Debbie Allen just introduced kid dancers who've taken the stage." He also reports that the scene there has a 4th of July feeling.

UPDATE 1:44 p.m.:Trees are still being cut as Endeavour makes its way to King Blvd. The LA Times' Michelle Maltais tweets, "Wires being bundled and raised just north of 74th as nearby magnolia trees are being hastily trimmed."

UPDATE 1:11 p.m.: Despite some news outlets saying the shuttle's journey is running ahead of schedule, CNN and KPCC's Vanessa Romo report Endeavour is about an hour behind schedule. KPCC's Corey Moore, who is stationed at King Blvd and Crenshaw said the crowd there was told the shuttle is running late. It was supposed to be there at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at 1 p.m. Romo noted that it only made it three blocks over the last 90 minutes.

UPDATE 12:53 p.m.: Endeavour has finally made it back into L.A. city limits. And as it does, LADWP says they're right next to the shuttle if needed. "Our crews are on standby along the #Endeavour path and in the command vehicle in case our services are needed," the utility tweeted.

UPDATE 12:03 p.m.: As Endeavour is making its way on Crenshaw, it is running about 30-40 minutes behind schedule. At this point it was supposed to be at Crenshaw and Florence. 

UPDATE 11:24 a.m: Endeavour finally made it around the tree. Success.

UPDATE 11:01 a.m.: The shuttle has stopped forward motion. Although hundreds of trees were chopped down, one of the remaining ones near 84th Pl. near Crenshaw appears to be hindering Endeavour's progress. As hundreds of spectators watch and CNN broadcasts live, officials are trying to figure out how they will get the shuttle around the tree without chopping it down. 

photo via NBCLA

UPDATE 10:42 a.m.: Matt McBride, who last night towed the shuttle Endeavour across the Manchester bridge above the 405 with a pickup truck, was just on the air on KPCC. He said the short trip was "four months of preparation and six minutes of holding your breath."

UPDATE 10:34 a.m.: The shuttle has successfully turned east off of Manchester and is headed to Crenshaw. The turn was slow and slightly precarious as its right wing had very little clearance.

UPDATE 10:28 a.m.: Officials are asking spectators to back up so Endeavour can turn off of Manchester and head north.

UPDATE 10:06 a.m.: Our partners NBCLA are shooting live video of Endeavour's journey through Inglewood and South L.A. 

UPDATE 9:58 a.m.: To the strains of the "2001" theme (Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra"), Endeavour leaves the Forum heading east to Crenshaw Blvd. where it will slowly move north. That dramatic number was soon followed by R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" booming over the Forum public address system.

UPDATE 9:52 a.m.: The Forum event has concluded. Soon Endeavour will begin her journey out of Inglewood and into South L.A.

UPDATE 9:35 a.m.: Politicians and officials speaking about Endeavour at the Forum can now be seen live streamed at KABC.

UPDATE 9:23 a.m.: Michael Clark Duncan gets a shoutout from Inglewood Mayor James Butts for performance in "Armageddon", reports KPCC's Vanessa Romo, to the delight of the crowd that has gathered at the Forum. Follow Vanessa on Twitter at @vanromo as she tweets today from South L.A.

UPDATE 8:02 a.m. Saturday: Endeavour has made its way to the Fabulous Forum. Around 9 a.m., Inglewood Mayor James Butts and Apollo 7 astronaut William Cunningham will speak during a brief ceremony. Then Endeavour will shove off again eastward on Manchester Boulevard, heading towards Crenshaw Boulevard.

UPDATE 11:39 p.m.: As thousands in Inglewood chant "USA", the Space Shuttle Endeavour has now successfully crossed the Manchester bridge. Traffic is stopped about a mile away from the scene in both directions on the 405 due to a CHP traffic block. 

UPDATE 11:36 p.m.: Endeavour is back on the move to the delight of thousands on Manchester Blvd. The Tundra is pulling it. The 405 is closed temporarily below.

UPDATE 11:31 p.m.: The CHP is waiting for a traffic break on the 405, according to KCBS, and then the shuttle will begin its short journey across the Manchester bridge.

UPDATE 11:12 p.m.: Endeavour should be ready to traverse the bridge in the next few minutes. The delay now is on the shoulders of Toyota who are filming a commercial starring an unmodified pick up truck that will pull the 170,000 pound space ship across the Manchester bridge into Inglewood. 

UPDATE 10:04 p.m.: Endeavour's journey across the Manchester bridge has been delayed. It won't make it into Inglewood until around midnight, officials are now saying due to technical difficulties. Over 7,000 people are waiting in Inglewood for the shuttle to make it across the 405 freeway, says KTLA.

UPDATE 9:21 p.m.: As we wait for the shuttle to move across the Manchester bridge around 10 p.m., many people feel successful about the events that took place today. But one person who went home with a big smile on his face was the man who brought his cherry picker to Westchester this morning and began charging spectators $5 to take pictures from high above the madding crowds.

- Tony Pierce

UPDATE 8:08 p.m.: "We're right on schedule right now," Jeffrey Rudolph, President and CEO of the California Science Center, told KCAL9. "The only thing that has me a little nervous, because we don't totally control it, but the team at Edison is doing great work and we're confident they'll get there too. But the utility work is really the critical path and we have to get through that."  Rudolph was referring to the process of turning off the power from the street lights, removing the lights, and then putting them back up once the shuttle passes by. 

UPDATE 7:36 p.m.: If you'd like to see Endeavour, tonight Randy's Donuts is a good spot. Additionally, here are the best locations to photograph the shuttle (we even included some more photos of the shuttle from our readers). 

UPDATE 6:58 p.m.: Endeavour is being moved off its original transport and gently placed on a secondary unit via a dolly so that it can be pulled across the Manchester overpass by truck. Expect a lot of photos that include the iconic Randy's Donuts sign as that is where the shuttle will rest until about 10 p.m. - Tony Pierce

UPDATE 5:31 p.m.: A Los Angeles couple is getting married next door to the shuttle Endeavour Saturday night at the Natural History Museum. Read the full story here.

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Just before Endeavour inched out of Westchester, Diane Walder of Playa del Rey directed her husband to snap pictures of her, with Endeavour in the background.

People gathered since sun-up to watch Endeavour begin the second leg of its 2 mph journey toward Exposition Park. It gets to the California Science Center Saturday night.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: The shuttle clears a median by mere inches at La Tijera and Manchester:

— John Rabe

UPDATE 2:59 p.m.: The Endeavour started inching its way out of a Westchester parking lot just before 1:30 p.m. When it started moving, the crowd cheered and applauded. As it crawled out of the lot toward La Tijera, it was moving so slow that someone yelled "I feel like I need to push it!"

— Corey Moore

UPDATE: 9:53 A.M.: A large crowd has gathered around the space shuttle Endeavour as it sits in a parking lot near the intersection of La Tijera and Sepulveda boulevards.

Teachers at the nearby Wish Charter Elementary School are taking advantage of the festive atmosphere with an impromptu bake sale. The funds will go towards an upcoming field trip for 5th-graders.

From KPCC's Cheryl Devall:

"Near the intersection of Sepulveda and LaTijera Boulevards, the prevailing mood around the shuttle's resting place was "Wow!" One middle-aged man passing by said to no one in particular: "This is the best day ever." Families, students, out-of-town visitors sipped coffee, took one another's photos and talked with people they'd never met. All marveled at a sight that the consensus confirmed was just...plain...COOL."

UPDATE 6:36 A.M.: Endeavour has reached a parking lot near the intersection of La Tijera and Sepulveda boulevards. It's expected to be there until about 1 p.m. as crews clear obstructions ahead of the route.

PREVIOUSLY: The space shuttle Endeavour is making its final journey to a Los Angeles museum.

The giant spacecraft began its 2-mph crawl from 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.


A preview of Endeavour, the museum exhibit

Remembering Endeavour, the youngest shuttle

The best locations to photograph Endeavour Friday night and Saturday

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. See the map below for the exact route and places you can see it crawl by.

View Spot the Endeavour in a larger map


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