It seems like only days ago that Endeavour captured the city's imagination in its historic trek through Los Angeles. But the amazing stuff is still coming out: Lately, several amazing time-lapse videos have appeared that encapsulate the epic journey into a few minutes, and we've compiled a few of the best here.
Days after the space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey from LAX to the California Science Center, the interest in the orbiter's has not died down.
Bryan Chan of the L.A. Times was the first to post a first class time-lapse of the beloved spaceship creeping east to its final resting point. Even though the video isn't embeddable, it has received more than 73,000 Facebook likes since it was published Monday.
On Wednesday, a team lead by Matthew Givot posted this time-lapse, which may even be better than Chan's solo effort. Not only is the video very well done, but three times as many people watched it as of Thursday than Wednesday:
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A still from the 3D video rendering of the space shuttle Endeavour going down Martin Luther King Blvd. in South L.A.
For those who cannot imagine something as huge as the space shuttle Endeavour tooling down the streets of Los Angeles, there is now a computer-generated 3D video animation of what the two-day, 12-mile adventure will look like.
Nicknamed "Mission 26" and "The Big Endeavour" by the California Science Center, the shuttle will leave LAX on Thursday night and make its way through Inglewood and South L.A. until it's parked near USC.
In the short video produced by David Evans and Associates, we can see how bizarre "The Mother of Parades" (as L.A.'s Mayor is calling it) will look creeping along the boulevards next to the Forum and other landmarks around South L.A. (Story continues below video window.)
If you plan on seeing the once-in-a-lifetime event, here's the map of the route:
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The space shuttle Endeavour will take off on its final mission across the streets of L.A. this Thursday night, and we've got the where, when and how to take your own photographs of the historic trek across the city.
And we want to see your photos of this monumental event! But beware: Getting up close and personal with the shuttle on its last journey won’t be easy.
Police are closing off the streets and sidewalks near the travel route, so it's up to you to get creative shots of the shuttle as it moves through the city.
The shuttle will make pit stops along the way, so those events will be your best bets for close-ups and shuttle party pics.
Photo by Karina Jones | used with permission
Paradise Canyon Elementary school in La Cañada Flintridge was out in force to catch a glimpse of the space shuttle Endeavour as it made a loop over JPL, just down the road from us. The kids were so excited, running all over the playground, following its path.
Above and below are collections of photos you sent to KPCC and to the internet at large from rooftop and hillsides across the state. Possibly a balcony or two. And a beach.
Here are a few pro-tips on how to photograph the space shuttle and the 7 places to watch Endeavour fly over Los Angeles. The shuttle is doing a state flyover tour then hanging out at a hanger near LAX where it will prepare for a slow rolling, final frontier road trip across L.A. to its new home at the California Science Center.
UPDATE (12:55 p.m.): Shuttle has landed! We will continue to update the galleries with new photos!
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Space shuttle Endeavour flies over Ellington Field in Houston atop the shuttle aircraft carrier Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed.
The space shuttle Endeavour will fly into Los Angeles Friday morning at about 10:30 a.m., after it floats over the Bay Area and Sacramento. Where can you go to check it out?
You can see the 85-ton behemoth from a number of places, authorities said at a Wednesday morning L.A. news conference (click on the map for more information).
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- The California Science Center
- The Getty Center
- The Griffith Observatory
- The Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and Queen Mary
- Universal Studios
- The Beach: Malibu, Venice or Huntington
Places not to gawk include from behind the wheel of a moving car and at L.A. International Airport. Southland transportation officials emphasize they’ll keep traffic moving as the shuttle flies over L.A.