Live discussion: Endeavour's two-day parade through L.A.
Times reporter Angel Jennings will join city editor Shelby Grad at 4 p.m. PST to discuss the shuttle Endeavour's two-day parade through L.A. on its way to the California Science Center.
Officials said access to the shuttle will be limited for safety reasons. The shuttle has been sitting in a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport since Sept. 21, when it arrived on the back of a modified Boeing 747.
Unlike L.A.'s other parades -- such as the Kings' celebration through downtown Los Angeles this summer -- the sheer size of the 78-foot-wide, 170,000 pound shuttle causes concern. Streets and sidewalks will be closed about a mile ahead of the shuttle as it lumbers along the route.
Details of the route are still being worked out, but Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said Endeavour should leave airport property and hit Westchester Boulevard about 2 a.m. Friday. From there, the shuttle will roll toward Sepulveda Boulevard, where it will sit in a parking lot for about nine hours beginning at 4 a.m. as crews de-energize and raise transformer lines on the route.
The best chance to get a view of Endeavour would be at the Forum in Inglewood or, Lopez said, as it arrives at the California Science Center. The shuttle is expected to complete the move and reach its Exposition Park home on Saturday night.
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