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  • Mission 26: Endeavour Gets Set for Final Journey
    Posted by Guy Norris 8:39 AM on Oct 10, 2012

    The people of Los Angeles are expected to turn out in their thousands on Friday and Saturday to watch the space shuttle Endeavour slowly make its way from Los Angeles International Airport to its final display site at the California Science Center.

    But before that, here's a look back to OV-105/747 SCA N905NA's arrival at Edwards AFB/NASA Dryden on Sept 20

    Overhead DFRC one last time

    Touchdown at EAFB

    On display at Dryden -- and refueling for the final flight on Sept 21

    Two crowning achievements of U.S. aerospace, paired for the final time

    Overhead Hollywood Hills area taken from UCLA

    Unfamiliar territory - approaching LAX

    Touchdown at LAX

    Off-loaded in the United hangar -- Endeavour is readied for the final road trip

    The shuttle has been at LAX since arriving on the back of NASA Boeing 747 SCA N905NA on Sept 21 and will start its last journey (dubbed Mission 26 by organizers) from there at 2 am on the morning of Oct 12. By 4.15 pm, LA Police Department estimate the Endeavour convoy will be crossing interstate 405 – no doubt providing a bizarre spectacle to those who are, at that time of the day, normally stationary on the Freeway around that area.

    LAPD’s Unified Command and the Science Center are providing dedicated viewing public locations along the route. On October 13th, at around 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the City of Inglewood will have an event and Endeavour will be on display for half an hour, in front of the Forum. Free parking is being set up at the Hollywood Park Race Track.
    On October 13th, at around 2 p.m., Endeavour will stop for about a half an hour for a planned event at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Blvd. There is a dedicated area for the public to stand and view the stage, north on Crenshaw Blvd. from MLK. Space is limited so come early say the LAPD.

    On October 13th, at around 8:30 p.m., Endeavour will reach its final destination . Large parking lots have been dedicated for public viewing between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Ave., north of MLK.

    Tags: os99, shuttle, NASA

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