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CHP: Drivers, don't space out during Endeavour flyover

Space Shuttle Endeavour To Head To Los Angeles

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In this handout provided by NASA, a bird is seen near the space shuttle Endeavour, atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on September 17, 2012 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The SCA, a modified 747 jetliner, will fly Endeavour to Los Angeles where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. This is the final ferry flight scheduled in the Space Shuttle Program era.

Endeavour

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Space shuttle Endeavour at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida before it was mounted onto a modified 747 for it's cross country flight. The shuttle will fly into Los Angeles on September 20th, 2012.

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Inglewood chopped down about 128 trees to clear the way for Space Shuttle Endeavour's planned trek through South LA streets on October 12. LA will clear away 265 trees.

Discovery And Endeavour Space Shuttles Move Locations At Kennedy Space Ctr

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - AUGUST 11: Space Shuttle Endeavour leaves the Orbiter Processing Facility on its way to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center August 11, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Space Shuttles Endeavour and Discovery switched buildings as they are being decommissioned with the end of the Shuttle program. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)


Keep it together, L.A. You're acting like you've never seen a 747/space shuttle sandwich before.

The twice delayed piggyback of a lifetime is expected to fly over Los Angeles on Friday when a modified Boeing 747 strapped with an 85-ton space shuttle does a lap around the city before committing to a location.

KPCC’s Corey Moore reports that the retired space shuttle Endeavour — being prepped by NASA engineers to make the trip from Florida's Kennedy Space Center to LAX — will be flying over Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Hills, L.A. City Hall and other well-known landmarks.

The Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and U.S. Air Force are all warning Southland drivers to keep focused behind the wheel during the flyover. 

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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

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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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