September 24, 2012 | 8:25
Space shuttle Endeavour took a grand tour across the state and Southern California on Friday before making its final landing at Los Angeles International Airport.
Times reporter Kate Mather will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Monday to discuss what's next for the retired orbiter -- and when you can see it again if you can't get enough or missed the orbiter last week.
On Saturday, NASA officials completed the delicate task of removing space
shuttle Endeavour from the back of a modified Boeing 747 after its tour
The Times captured the epic effort in a time-lapse video.
The elaborate operation began late Friday night, according to NASA, as
cranes gently lowered a giant 37,000-pound yellow sling that was used to
lift the 78-ton shuttle from the airplane.
Endeavour will remain at Los Angeles International Airport until Oct.
12, when it begins its two-day parade across the wide boulevards of
Inglewood and Los Angeles before it arrives at its new home at the
California Science Center's Samuel Oschin display pavilion.