Endeavour creeps across Los Angeles as trip to museum, retirement takes far longer than hoped

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 14 at 8:33 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The space shuttle Endeavour has traveled some 123 million miles, but last 12 are proving hard to get through.

Endeavour is crawling across Los Angeles to the California Science Museum, where it will spend its retirement. People have been lining city streets for a glimpse and waiting at the museum. But the crowds have dwindled as Endeavour's hit repeated delays.

The problems have included longer than expected maintenance of the rig carrying the shuttle and physical obstacles within the shuttle's wingspan including light posts, building edges, and lots of trees.

Some 400 trees have been removed to avoid such situations, but officials said most of the trees that gave them trouble could not be cut down because they were old or treasured for other reasons. In a scene that was repeated many times, a small tree on the narrowest section of the move brought the procession to a stop yesterday, forcing crews to find creative ways to dip a wing under or raise it over the tree.

The shuttle was originally expected to finish the trip early Saturday evening, but officials now estimate it will not arrive at the museum until mid-morning.

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102-r-07-(Sound of cheers, as the space shuttle Endeavour gets towed towards retirement at a museum.)--Sound of cheers as the space shuttle Endeavour gets towed towards retirement at the California Science Museum. (14 Oct 2012)

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053-c-18-(Alicia Chang, AP correspondent, along the shuttle Endeavour's transport route)-"to the instructions"-AP correspondent Alicia Chang has been watching the shuttle's slow progress along a curving street in an Ingleside neighborhood, where spectators are out in force and officials are doing delicate crowd control. ((note length)) (14 Oct 2012)

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052-c-10-(Alicia Chang, AP correspondent, along the shuttle Endeavour's transport route)-"the residential street"-AP correspondent Alicia Chang has been watching the shuttle Endeavour inching along a curving street in an Ingleside neighborhood, and reports the road had to be prepped to make this work. (14 Oct 2012)

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009-a-13-(Ken Phillips, curator, California Science Center, in AP interview)-"mile an hour (second reference)"-Ken Phillips says its not easy transporting the shuttle Endeavor to the California Science Center. COURTESY: KABC-TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR during its final ground journey, Los Angeles, California, on texture with lettering, finished graphic (13 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO NY107: Traymond Harris, left, and Ryan Hudge play basketball as the shuttle Endeavour passes by on Crenshaw Ave. in Inglewood Saturday Oct. 13, 2012. Endeavour had been scheduled to inch into the California Science Center on Saturday evening to spend the rest of its years as a museum piece. But as the night wore on, even inching became a challenge, and the journey looked likely to spill into Sunday. (AP Photo/Wally Skalij, POOL) (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO CALOS111: Spectators watch the space shuttle Endeavour roll by Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Wally Skalij) NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO CALOS109: The Endeavour Space Shuttle makes its way toward the California Science Center on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Rick Loomis) NO FORNS; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT (13 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO CALN104: The space shuttle Endeavour is moved to the California Science Center, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool) (14 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO CAMT110: The space shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved down Crenshaw Blvd. at Slauson Ave., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets. It will move past an eclectic mix of strip malls, mom-and-pop shops, tidy lawns and faded apartment buildings. Its final destination: California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (13 Oct 2012)

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