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Endeavour: Where to spot the space shuttle during its L.A. move

October 10, 2012 | 12:45 pm


Although space shuttle Endeavour's 12-mile trek through Los Angeles might not be the "mother of all parades" initially anticipated, the public will still have opportunities to see the retired orbiter as it makes its way this week from LAX to Exposition Park.

The journey begins in the pre-dawn hours Friday, when Endeavour will roll out of a United Airlines hangar at LAX, where it has been kept since flying in from Florida on Sept. 21.

After rolling down Northside and Westchester parkways, the shuttle will come to a stop in a parking lot on La Tijera Parkway about 4 a.m., where it will wait about nine hours as crews widen its computerized transporters and work on power lines farther along the route.

Large crowds are expected to turn out to see the shuttle at the spot, and Los Angeles police will have extra personnel on hand to guard the spacecraft.

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Endeavour will resume its move by about 2 p.m. and head toward the city of Inglewood, where several planned public events will take place Saturday.

The first will occur about 8 a.m., when the shuttle creeps by Inglewood City Hall. Although Endeavour will not stop at City Hall as previously planned, officials encouraged those hoping to get a glimpse of the shuttle to stake out a spot at the location.

Moving at top speeds of 2 mph, there should be plenty of time to get a picture of the shuttle as it passes by.

Also at 8 a.m., a celebration at the Forum in Inglewood will begin. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, which will last for about two hours. Endeavour is scheduled to make an appearance about 9 a.m., when it will stop for about 30 minutes.

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No overnight camping will be allowed at the Forum, Inglewood police said. The public will be able to line up beginning at 4 a.m.

At about 2 p.m. Saturday, the shuttle will again stop, this time at the intersection of Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards for a celebration 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 plan to arrive early.

The final chance to see the shuttle will be along Bill Robertson Lane as it approaches the California Science Center in Exposition Park about 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles police said four parking lots between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Avenue would be available for public viewing but encouraged people to take the Metro and arrive early.

Public safety officials said sidewalks and streets would be closed a mile ahead of the shuttle as it makes its way through South L.A. and Inglewood, but that some of the sidewalks might be opened, depending on the area. However, large crowds are still expected, along with heavy traffic. 

"We urge the public to arrive early, be prepared to stand long hours, and remember to bring water, snacks, sun block, hats and chairs," LAPD said in a statement.

Planning on seeing the shuttle? Tweet your photos to @latimes or with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle or upload them here — and don't forget to tell us where you are.


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