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L.A. Now Live: What's next for shuttle Endeavour after move

October 15, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times reporter Kate Mather will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to recap space shuttle Endeavour's weekend move and discuss what comes next for the retired orbiter.

Its final journey was slowed by unexpected maintenance issues and last-minute maneuvers to avoid obstacles like trees and utility poles. Ultimately, the 85-ton orbiter survived the trip with nary a scratch.

Endeavour arrived at Exposition Park more than 16 hours late, after a three-day, 12-mile journey from Los Angeles International Airport.

"Mission 26 — mission accomplished," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Sunday, amid the cheers of thousands of spectators. Before it was retired by NASA, the spacecraft had logged 25 flight missions.