Shuttle drives by drive-thru
Endeavour had been scheduled to inch into the California Science Center early Saturday evening to begin its years as a museum piece.
Having escaped out of Earth's atmosphere two dozen times, Endeavour's slow-speed trek Saturday to its retirement center took it through the working-class streets of southern Los Angeles.
Along the 12-mile course, thousands marveled at the engineering. Some rooted for Endeavour when it appeared it might clip a light post.
There were some problems, including a small tree on the narrowest section of the move that planners hadn't thought needed removal but ended up bringing the procession to a stop.
As crews tried to find ways to tilt and twist the shuttle past the tree, they came close to deciding to cut it down before Endeavor squeezed through. Another slip-up came when it appeared the shuttle was going to hit a light post. Crews again began plans to remove it as the ship slid through.
- Posted on October 14, 2012