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Amazing time-lapse videos of Endeavour's mission through Los Angeles

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Mike Sheehan sketched Shuttle Endeavour last weekend as it traveled from LAX to the California Science Center

Mike Sheehan

When everyone else was taking photos or video, Mike Sheehan sketched Shuttle Endeavour last weekend as it traveled from LAX to the California Science Center.


Pool photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

Dave Velazquez and Jennifer Barrera take a picture as the shuttle Endeavour as it moves along Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles on Saturday.


Pool photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

Traymond Harris, left, and Ryan Hudge play basketball as the shuttle Endeavour passes by on Crenshaw Avenue in Inglewood on Saturday.

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:


Awesome video animation of shuttle Endeavour crashing through Los Angeles

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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:

View Spot the Endeavour in a larger map


Update: How to take photos of Shuttle Endeavour landing in Los Angeles

The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a sp

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The Space Shuttle Discovery, aboard a specially modified NASA Boeing 747, flies over the Washington, DC, April 17, 2012, as seen from Arlington, Virginia.

Space fans and photo nerds will have a great chance to create a memorable photograph this Friday as the shuttle Endeavour glides into Los Angeles. The retired orbiter made 25 trips into space, and Friday will mark its final day in the air. It is expected to enter L.A. airspace at about 11:30 a.m. and is expected to land at LAX by 12:45p.m., weather permitting. 

Check our Twitter or the KPCC homepage for updates.

Here at KPCC we’d like to see your photos of the Endeavour when it soars over Los Angeles and lands at LAX. Check out our photo recommendations below and send in your images to or use the hashtag #KPCCShuttle on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll find it.

Gear: The Endeavour flight will be a once-in-a-lifetime photo op, so you’ll want to bring out your pro-camera gear to capture the historic moment. The shuttle will be piggybacked onto NASA’s modified 747 and flying at around 1,500 feet when it reaches Los Angeles.  At that height, your iPhone just won’t cut it; you’ll be able to capture a little space shuttle speck, but that’s about it.