Endeavour touches down at Exposition Park, nears Science Center
The space shuttle Endeavour has entered Exposition Park and is slowly making its way to its new home at the California Science Center.
By 12:15 p.m., the shuttle had turned left on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard onto Bill Robertson Way and was making its way pass the Olympic swim stadium. The giant orbiter stopped so it could prepare to maneuver around trees and light poles.
Once the shuttle reaches the Science Center, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will hold a news conference to formally announce its arrival. Thousands of spectators have already swarmed the park.
At 10:45 a.m., the shuttle reached the intersection of Vermont Avenue near Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and thousands of people poured onto the streets. Some chanted: "Science Center or bust!" "Let's go, let's go!" and "So close, so close!" Many snapped photos with cameras and cellphones.
"I couldn't be happier with the result," said Jeffrey Rudolph, president of the center, as he walked in front of the 85-ton shuttle.
Given the size of the crowds that had come out to see the shuttle the last two days, Rudolph said, the total had to be in the "seven figures."
The 85-ton shuttle was delayed several times along the last leg of its three-day, 12-mile journey as it weaved its way around a number of obstacles, sometimes its wings coming within inches of trees and utility poles.
— Andrew Khouri and Marisa Gerber at Exposition Park