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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.
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.