LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Space shuttle Endeavour is making its way to the California Science Center, where it is slated to arrive later Saturday.
Several hundred people lined the streets in the city of Inglewood for a glimpse of the space shuttle as it sat in the Forum parking lot earlier in the day. A ceremony was held at 9 a.m.
Endeavour’s next stop before heading to Exposition Park is the Crenshaw Plaza at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw.
“It’s just awesome to see it again and then to see history being made,” said James Henry, who previously worked on the space shuttle.
Said Henry, “I was telling my wife this morning, ‘you won’t see this kind of vehicle ever again because now they’re doing things that’ll go up there but never another machine that’ll go to the outer-skirts of the world and then come back and land like an airplane.’ Endeavour is a beautiful and awesome machine.”
Endeavour’s final 12-mile journey – which organizers are calling “Mission 26” – began Friday.
“When we first display it now in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, it will be horizontal, very much like its moving through the streets now. In a few years, when we finish building the new Samuel Oschin Space Center, we’ll stand it up vertical in launch position with the solid rocket boosters, the external tank. It’ll be an amazing site,” said Jeffrey Rudolph, President of the Science Center.
“It’s just a great experience that the space shuttle is coming right down our street and we can just walk over here and see it all and get out our cameras and take pictures,” said 8-year-old Alajah, a spectator.
Officials are asking that spectators only come to see it at the following places:
– 2 p.m., Martin Luther King and Crenshaw at Crenshaw Plaza;
– 8:30 p.m., Bill Robertson Lane at Exposition Park.
The following streets are expected to be closed until 8 p.m.:
– Crenshaw Boulevard from Vernon Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard;
– Martin Luther King Boulevard from Crenshaw Boulevard to 4th Avenue.
Additionally, Martin Luther King Boulevard from 4th Avenue to Bill Robertson Lane and Bill Robertson Lane from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Exposition Park will be closed from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The exhibit is expected to open to the public on Oct. 30. For ticket information, click here.