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Endeavour time lapse: How The Times recorded the L.A. move [Chat]

October 17, 2012 | 11:26 am

Times photo editor Bryan Chan will join city editor Shelby Grad at 1 p.m. PDT to discuss the time-lapse video created during space shuttle Endeavour's three-day move through Los Angeles in a Google+ Hangout.

The time lapse lasts less than three minutes, but tracks the shuttles lengthy journey and the trickiest points of the trek, including a close call with a tree on Crenshaw Drive.

The shuttle’s arrival at the California Science Center, shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, was more than 16 hours behind schedule, but the 85-ton orbiter survived its 12-mile journey through the city streets, from Los Angeles International Airport to the museum at Exposition Park, without a scratch. 

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey through L.A.

“Mission 26 -- mission accomplished,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters and spectators, standing at Exposition Park with the shuttle rising behind him as a backdrop. The mayor was referencing the shuttle’s 25 space missions and its journey across the city.

The Science Center said the total bill for transporting the Endeavour from LAX to its new home could exceed $10 million, a tab that the center is covering with donations. Officials have stressed that none of the costs will be paid with taxpayer dollars.



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