The retired space shuttle Endeavour's trip across the south end of Los Angeles will look a lot like last spring's movement of the giant boulder that landed at LACMA. Slow and disruptive — though only for two days. The California Science Center announced today that the spacecraft, scheduled to land on the LAX south runway atop a Boeing 747 on Sept. 20, is expected to depart the airport three weeks later, on Oct. 12. Transporters will move the shuttle along Manchester Avenue and Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards to reach the museum in Exposition Park.
As with the Levitated Mass boulder, utility lines will have to be raised or taken down, traffic signals will be removed as needed and trees will be pruned. The top speed of two miles an hour will slow to a crawl in spots where the clearance is measured in inches.
Public tours could begin at the shuttle's temporary hangar as early as October 30. A permanent home is being built with donations, the museum's president said.