Shuttle Xing: Endeavour treks through LA streets

Space shuttle Endeavour kicks off final mission; trundles through LA streets to museum home

Associated Press
Shuttle passes obstacle, heads toward LA museum
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Spectators gather around the Space Shuttle Endeavour before it is moved along city streets, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles. Endeavour's two-day, 12-mile road trip to the California Science Center, where it will be put on display, kicked off early Friday. Rolled on a 160-wheeled carrier, it left from a hangar at the Los Angeles International Airport, passing diamond-shaped "Shuttle Xing" signs, and reached city streets about two hours later. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The shuttle Endeavour is rolling again early Saturday after an hourslong delay as crews prepared it to cross over a major Los Angeles interstate overpass.

The shuttle began a journey early Friday being towed slowly through the streets of Los Angeles to a museum where it will go on permanent display.

Friday evening its stopped as crews spent hours transferring the shuttle to a special, lighter towing dolly. Then around midnight, it began the trip over a bridge across Interstate 405, one of the trickiest parts of its complicated journey.

The shuttle was pulled across the Manchester Boulevard bridge by a Toyota Tundra pickup, and the car company filmed the event for a commercial after paying for a permit, turning then entire scene into a movie set complete with special lighting, sound and staging.

Crews preparing for the crossing had to take down power lines, leaving about 400 residents of surrounding Inglewood without power for what was expected to be several hours.

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