Space Shuttle Endeavour
Part III: Crenshaw at MLK Jr Blvd
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 corner of Sepulveda and Manchester, which is where we caught Endeavour yesterday. Today, Endeavour made the trek from Manchester Blvd up to Crenshaw Blvd, then turned by the mall right there onto Martin Luther King Blvd, almost straight towards its new home at California Science Center.
Tight turns and lots of tight squeezes meant progress was slow. The 2-hour stopover turned into something like 8 hours as they had to reconfigure the transporter to make the tight turn, cut down a few more trees that were just too close, and all that. After 3 hours of waiting we had to call it a night as our stamina ran low. Good thing too, as Endeavour didn't move for another 2 hours (!). Endeavour by last report was still on W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd just crossing Harvard Blvd, still just over a mile from California Science Center.
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!