Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Live discussion: Shuttle's L.A. flyover, South L.A. tree removal

September 19, 2012 | 12:40 pm

The space shuttle Endeavour landed in Houston's Ellington Field on Wednesday morning, the first leg of its two-day journey to its new home at the California Science Center in L.A. It is scheduled to reach Edwards Air Force base Thursday afternoon.

Times reporters Kate Mather and Angel Jennings will join city editor Shelby Grad at 1 p.m. PDT for a Google+ Hangout on the Endeavour's L.A. flyover and the controversial tree removal to make way for the craft in South L.A.

Disneyland, the Getty Center and Griffith Observatory are already on the flyover list, and weather permitting, the retired orbiter will also be flown over Venice Beach, Universal Studios, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Long Beach Aquarium and the Queen Mary, officials with the California Science Center announced Wednesday.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey to L.A.

The California Science Center received final approval Monday to chop down 265 trees to make room for the space shuttle Endeavour as it rolls through the streets of Los Angeles.

Nearly 400 trees will be cut down in Inglewood and South Los Angeles in the 12-mile route between Los Angeles International Airport and the shuttle's permanent home in Exposition Park. (Of those, 119 are in South Los Angeles, 124 are in Westchester, 128 are in Inglewood and the rest are near LAX).

Tweet your photos to @latimes or @lanow with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle. Don't forget to tell us where you spotted it! Photos can also be uploaded here. Check back -- we'll be compiling the best reader photos.


Space shuttle Endeavour lands in Houston

Shuttle Endeavour: Queen Mary on new L.A. flyover route

Shuttle Endeavour: NASA to name more flyover locations today