Space Shuttle Endeavour
Part II: LAX to California Science Center
After landing three weeks ago at LAX, Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105) was finally ready to be transported across Los Angeles to its new home at California Science Center.
The journey started late Thursday night from LAX to the "Drollinger" parking lot at the corner of Sepulveda and Manchester, which is where we caught Endeavour as its transporter was reconfigured for the narrower LA streets it was to encounter for much of the journey. Concerns about the LAPD blocking sidewalks for public access proved to be unfounded-- some sidewalks were closed for clearance for the orbiter's wings, but plenty of viewing areas remained.
In fact, the entire parking lot was close, but only half was sectioned off for Endeavour. The rest, while fenced and roped for crowd control, let the crowd all the way up to the fence. The Friday morning hour meant the crowd wasn't very big, and we got to get much closer to the Space Shuttle than we had imagined! Combine this with the small(er) crowd and a nice overcast day for some great pictures.
Seeing this big a piece of NASA history driving down a Los Angeles street... it's been overused so much, but amazing and incredible come to mind!