Space shuttle embarks on 12-mile trip to L.A. museum

By Alicia Chang

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 6:42 a.m. MDT

The space shuttle Endeavour is moved out of the United hangar at Los Angeles International Airport just before midnight Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 to begin its two-day trek across Los Angeles and Inglewood to the California Science Center where it will be on permanent display. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bryan Chan, Pool)

Bryan Chan, AP

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LOS ANGELES — In a massive feat of parallel parking, the space shuttle Endeavour has been backed into a Los Angeles parking lot for a pause on its final journey to a museum.

The 170,000-pound spacecraft was cheered by hundreds of viewers Friday morning as it made its predawn journey from a Los Angeles International Airport hangar through the Westchester neighborhood.

The shuttle is crawling at 2 mph on a two-day journey to the California Science Center, where it will spend its retirement. It hit the streets at around 2 a.m. as a crowd of people snapped photos and applauded.

The shuttle went about three miles before stopping at around 5:30 a.m. Its final nine-mile trek will begin in the afternoon.

The first leg was delayed about two hours by a minor problem with the shuttle's carrier. Endeavour also and made several stops so crews could prune trees in the path of its 75-foot wingspan.

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