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Shuttle Endeavour won't arrive at museum until 6 a.m. at earliest

October 13, 2012 | 11:58 pm

Shuttle downtown
The space shuttle Endeavour will not arrive at the California Science Center until 6 a.m. at the earliest.

California Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph said that it would take at least six hours for Endeavour to traverse the 2.6 miles between Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to the museum. But it could take longer.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's move through L.A.

As of 11:37 p.m., Endeavour was still sitting near the mall. Officials hoped Endeavour would begin moving about midnight, but could not guarantee the timeframe.

Endeavour was still expected to navigate a difficult stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where it must zigzag through tall pine trees planted in honor of the slain civil rights leader. Officials warned the journey could take longer than expected because of the darkness; the original plan was for the shuttle to arrive at the Science Center by 9 p.m. Saturday night.

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Photo: Endeavour is illuminated under a night sky as it moves slowly through the Crenshaw District on its way to the California Science Center. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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