Residents of Los Angeles had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last week to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor crawl through the streets of their city. It was a surreal sight. Some folks could even look out their living-room window and see a massive space ship rolling by.
The recently decommissioned shuttle arrived in Los Angeles on September 20, piggybacked on top of a Boeing 747. Last thursday it embarked on an arduous 12-mile journey to its new home at the California Science Center, where it will go on public display beginning October 30. It took three days to make the trip from the airport to Exposition Park as the 85-ton orbiter, with a wingspan of 78 feet, was guided though a number of extremely tight spots atop a computer-controlled transporter operated by NASA. The shuttle arrived at the science center without a scratch on Sunday. The whole operation cost about $10 million.