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Space shuttle route: Where is Endeavour now?

October 13, 2012 |  4:00 am

PHOTOS: Endeavour rolls through the streets of L.A.

Click for full size imageWhat is the space shuttle route for the rest of Endeavour's journey through Los Angeles?

LATEST NEWS: For up-to-the-minute coverage, click here for the latest on Endeavour's move across L.A.

On Saturday around 7:15 a.m., Endeavour is set to begin moving through Inglewood from its resting spot just east of the 405 Freeway. There are two designated viewing spots in Inglewood. Endeavour is expected to pass Inglewood City Hall around 8 a.m. and then rest at the Forum between 9 and 9:30 in the morning. 

People can begin lining up at 4 a.m.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's jaunt across L.A.

Then, around 10 a.m., Endeavour begins perhaps the most hair-raising part of its journey when it travels along  Crenshaw Drive. The shuttle will come within inches of apartment buildings on either side of the street.

And not only will it be a tight squeeze, but Endeavour will also be moving uphill. 

"It's a very narrow stretch for us," said Marty Fabrick, hired by the California Science Center to orchestrate the move. "Our wings will be over some driveways."

TIMELINE: Endeavour's journey through L.A.

To give it as much room as possible, the advance crews will lay down a compacted base of material that will level the street so it is the same height as the sidewalk. 

The second team will then immediately scoop up the material from the road.

Because the shuttle needs every millimeter of space for clearance, Los Angeles police said they planned to close most sidewalks along the route. However, officials said this week that some may be opened along the way for public viewing.

PHOTOS: Endeavour rolls through the streets of L.A.

After crawling up Crenshaw Boulevard, the shuttle will reach Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 2 p.m. A celebration is planned by choreographer Debbie Allen. Public safety officials have said the area will accommodate a few thousand people at most, so those interested in seeing Endeavour should arrive early.

The final tricky move will be along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Pines planted in honor of the slain civil rights leader were deemed too significant to cut down, and because the trees dot both sides of the roadway, the shuttle will pivot -- crab-like -- to avoid any mishaps.

"Don't think of the shuttle going nose-first down every street," said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman. "That shuttle has the ability to zigzag and maneuver, and that's what you're going to see along that route. There may be places where the shuttle is going sideways at an angle."

The final chance to see the shuttle will be along Bill Robertson Lane as it approaches the science center's Samuel Oschin display pavilion in Exposition Park about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said four parking lots between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Avenue will be available to the public.

But officials were seeing if they could get the shuttle to arrive before sunset, which occurs at 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

Planning on seeing the shuttle? Send your photos 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.

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Photo: A young girl gets a good view of the space shuttle Endeavour parked in front of the iconic Randy's Donuts store on Manchester Blvd. at La Cienega Blvd. Friday, Oct. 12. Thespace shuttle Endeavour is on its final two-day journey to the California Science Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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