The Space Shuttle Endeavour picked its way through the streets of Los Angeles today, creeping slowly towards its final resting place at the California Science Center.
As NPR’s Alison Keyes told our Newscast desk, folks in L.A. are used to celebrities, but today’s star got an over-the-top welcome:
“People — cameras and children in tow — are lining the streets as the five-story-tall Endeavour with its 78-foot wingspan winds along its journey at a top speed of two miles an hour.”
“Streetlights and some power lines had to be moved, and a few trees trimmed in residential neighborhoods as the shuttle rolled by — making occasional stops for throngs of spectators.”
The shuttle began its 12-mile journey on Friday, starting out from LAX and passing some of Hollywood’s most iconic scenery, including Randy’s Donuts, a well-known shop featured in films including 2010′s Iron Man 2.
At one literally high point Friday evening, the shuttle rolled across the 405 freeway on a narrow overpass. The L.A. Times has a video of the crossing, and also pays a little respect to the single Toyota Tundra that tugged the shuttle to the other side:
“The Toyota Tundra pulled a total of 292,000 pounds, which includes the weight of the yellow frame supporting Endeavour’s belly, officials said. The company said Toyota had tested its Tundra three times leading up to the moment.”