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Space Shuttle Endeavour Might Be A Little Late

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — That long-anticipated arrival of the space shuttle Endeavour is being delayed by one day.

Blame bad weather back East. Endeavour was originally scheduled to leave Florida for Houston on Monday. Due to storm conditions, the departure is now scheduled for Tuesday.

“With the weather conditions and everything so unpredictable, I think it’s better for the planners to be safe,” Los Angeles resident Linda Jones told CBS2/KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen.

Linda and Trent Jones visited LAX to see where the shuttle will be coming in.

“We’re kinda mapping out our course for Thursday. It’s kinda interesting to see the unloading dock. It’s part of LA history,” Trent Jones said.

Endeavour will ride piggyback on a Boeing 747 and make stops at Edwards Air Force base with fly-overs in San Francisco and Sacramento.

The space shuttle is still scheduled to arrive at LAX on Thursday.

At the Proud Bird – which sits beneath LAX’s flight path – the restaurant has sold out 500 tickets to a $25 brunch.

“We’re going to open up our gates and allow our guests to walk out onto the grass and actually experience the shuttle landing almost right on top of them,” Kevin Barber said.

Hundreds of trees have been cut or trimmed back along the path that includes Manchester, Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Boulevards in order for the Endeavour to make the trip from LAX to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

Imperial Avenue is scheduled to close Thursday to allow people like Linda Jones to catch the arrival. “I think it’ll be a good avenue for children to learn and strive that they can be something more and something to help them get out of this neighborhood.”

A public ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 13 to welcome the shuttle to the Science Center.

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