Endeavour's Hardest Journey

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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 4:04pm

Friday's 12-mile trek will take the Space Shuttle Endeavour to its new home at the California Science Center.

After 25 missions, millions of miles in space and thousands of miles logged during its final fly over Space Shuttle Endeavour is about to travel the final leg of its journey.

Beginning early Friday morning it will be carried from Los Angeles International Airport across the streets of Los Angeles to its new home at the California Science Center.

The 12 mile journey dubbed "Mission 26" is quite an endeavor on its own.

With top speeds of just two miles an hour, the shuttle will be just inches away from buildings at some points along the route.

To clear the path the city cut down nearly 400 trees and removed some 200 street lights and 60 traffic signals.

Crews also had to install steel reinforcements along parts of the streets to accommodate the 78 foot wide, 170,000 pound spacecraft.
 

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