Shuttle Endeavour: Top reader photos from L.A. journey
Shuttle-watchers came out in droves this weekend for the Endeavour's final journey to its new home at the California Science Center.
The shuttle's dramatic trip was marked by delays and excited crowds. When it finally pulled up to its new home at the California Science Center a day later than expected, Endeavour was greeted by thousands of cheering spectators.
We asked readers to share their best photos of the retired orbiter with the Times, and scores of people participated. Some people had some fun with the shuttle, using the tricks of photography to make them look closer to the shuttle than they actually were. You can see the full gallery here.
The shuttle was "slowing down due to gas prices," reader Christopher Martin joked about the photo above.
"Mission 26 — Mission Accomplished," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference at Exposition Park, 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 shuttle’s progress was slowed by unexpected maintenance issues and last-minute maneuvers to avoid trees and utility poles.
The waiting crowds remained buoyant and peaceful. When the Endeavour reached the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Vermont Avenue about 10:45 a.m Sunday, thousands of people poured into the streets chanting “Science Center or bust!”, “Let’s go, let’s go!” and “So close, so close!”
There's still time to upload your pictures. Send them on Twitter to @latimes or Instagram to @latimesphotos with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle or upload them here — and don't forget to tell us where you are in the photos.
— Samantha Schaefer
Photo: The shuttle Endeavour rolls by a 76 station on Saturday. Credit: Christopher Martin / Special to The Times