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California Science Center trying for daylight landing of Endeavour

October 12, 2012 |  3:34 pm

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

Spectators heading to Exposition Park on Saturday to get a close-up look at the space shuttle Endeavour might not be in the dark now when they do it.

Officials with Southern California Edison said the California Science Center asked them to speed up electrical work in order to make up for delays early Friday morning, and possibly move up the arrival of the shuttle at Exposition Park.  

Endeavour was slated to make the final turn onto Bill Robertson Drive at 9 p.m., but officials hope to get it there before the sun sets Saturday, Edison representatives said.

TIMELINE: Endeavour's journey through L.A.

"California Science Center asked to push the schedule up one hour, and we are accommodating," said Aaron Pearson, planning supervising of Southern Edison.

At the corner of Manchester Boulevard and Glasgow Avenue, three transmission lines attached to a hook on a 90-ton crane lifted up the wires to make room for the five-story-tall shuttle.  A yellow measuring tape dangled from the lowest wire as crews made sure the shuttle had at least 70 feet of clearance.

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

No power outages will occur as crews speed up the work, said Ed Antillon of Southern California Edison.

"Crews are already working on that so they have to do what they have to do, but sooner," Pearson said.

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Photo: Southern California Edison employees lift electrical lines in Endeavour's path along Manchester Boulevard. Credit: Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times