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Hundreds of trees will fall to make space for Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour Retires After Its Final Mission

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Space Shuttle Endeavour is escorted back to a storage building on June 01, 2011 following its final mission. It launched on its first mission May 7, 1992.

Where we're going, we don't need roads. Wait, yes we do.

It's trees versus flying machines on the streets of Los Angeles, and to make space for shuttle Endeavor's upcoming commute across town, crews are chopping down hundreds of pine, ficus and other perennial woody plants.

About 400 trees must be removed in preparation for next month's spaceplane road trip from LAX to the California Science Center. The institution plans to plant two saplings for every toppled timber, but some residents are upset about the skinny tree replacements.

The L.A. Times reports that the route was changed after Leimert  Park residents opposed cutting down dozens of trees planted in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The retired space shuttle will be transported to Los Angeles International Airport atop a Boeing 747 on Sept. 20, weather permitting, and will remain there until Oct. 12 when it embarks on a non-warp speed tour through the city. 

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Map: Endeavour's final frontier will be a road trip across LA

Endeavor Map

Courtesy of NASA

Endeavor will land in Los Angeles on September 20th and travel through the Southland.

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) makes its final landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at Kennedy Space Center, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on launch pad 39a after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on launch pad 39a after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on launch pad 39a after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.


Not to be outdone by something as low-tech as LACMA's big rock, the space shuttle Endeavour's is set for a non warp speed tour through Los Angeles in the fall.

Next month, the retired space shuttle will return to its Southern California motherland atop a Boeing 747. The aircraft will deposit Endeavour at Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 20, weather permitting, and it will remain there until Oct. 12 when it embarks on a very slow, two-day, 13-mile road trip to the California Science Center.

To accomodate the five-story-tall spaceship's city tour, utilities and other street hazards will need to be removed, officials announced Wednesday.

The Shuttle will travel along Manchester Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Drive to Exposition Park on the weekend of October 13th. 

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Beastie Boys in Los Angeles: A map of landmarks 'from here to Gardena' (in honor of Adam 'MCA' Yauch)

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Beastie Boys at Sundance in 2006. Adam Yauch (center) died on May 4, 2012.

Despite their New York beginnings, the Beastie Boys have put roots down all over Los Angeles. 

In honor of the late Adam Yauch, who passed away Friday morning after a near three-year battle with cancer, we've put together a MCA tribute map of the most important Beastie Boys landmarks around the city.

 


View Beastie Boys landmarks of Los Angeles in a larger map

...On the map...

G-Son Studios
This creative space in Atwater Village is where the Beastie Boys recorded their 1992 album "Check Your Head."

X-Large
Created by Mike D. of the Beastie Boys, this high-end t-shirt and men's clothing store changed hands a number of years ago.

Capitol Records
Capitol released the Beastie Boys' album "Paul's Boutique" in 1989 and held the group's album release party on the iconic building's roof.

Hollywood Palladium
The Beastie Boys played their first show as headliners in Los Angeles at the Palladium with Run-DMC and Grandmaster Flash.

Beastie Boys throw a mannequin into the L.A. River
The trio's scene was edited out from the "Sabotage" video and later restored in the Beastie Boys Video anthology, a mannequin is thrown off an overpass and into the L.A. River.

Netty's Girl
The Echo Park lake is where a young Mike D. sang his solo underground hit, "Netty's Girl," while in a paddle-boat.

Grand Royal Records Party
The Beastie Boys had their Grand Royal Records Party at the Los Feliz Golf Course in the mid 1990s.

"I'm the illest ___ from here to Gardena"
A fan-favorite lyric from "So What'cha Want" off of the 1992 release "Check Your Head."

The Record Plant
The recording studio where the Beastie Boys created and mixed a portion of "Paul's Boutique."

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The road less expensive: NASA redrawing map to Mars

Mars rover Curiosity

NASA/Paul E. Alers

A model of the Curiosity, NASA's mobile robotic laboratory

Forced into a less scenic route by budgetary constraints, NASA announced that it will be redrawing its map to Mars to cut down on mission costs.

With the intention of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s -- and a quicker goal of returning Martian soil and rock samples to Earth --  the space agency issued a call to arms of brains, asking scientists and engineers on this planet to come forward with robotic mission ideas.

A collaboration with European collegues to bring back the far out samples was aborted by NASA earlier this year due to budget cuts. 

Hoping for a determination by summer, a new team is being formed to assess idea proposals, mission priorities, and options.

NASA recently hit another rough turn when it issued a startling report in March detailing a universe of trouble in the agency's security department.

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10-year map of shifting Los Angeles demographics

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Screenshot via LAMAG.com

"Imagine Pittsburgh moving into L.A.—that’s how much our city’s population has swelled in two decades," says Los Angeles Magazine as the introduction to an infographic by Eric Fischer (a numbers visualizer known for assembling census data into demographic maps). According to the "Race in LA" story, the map displays a who-lives-where of changing Los Angeles, with a look at the San Fernando Valley, Monterey Park, Playa Vista and South LA.

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