Moving the Space Shuttle Endeavour from its temporary home at the Los Angeles International Airport to its final resting place at the California Science Center was anything but a simple task. Though the distance was but a mere 12 miles, the shuttle's 78-foot wingspan, 122-foot length and 57-foot height cause major clearance issues.

Plus, including its support mechanism, the Endeavour package weight in at 292,000 pounds, which meant almost 2,700 steel plates had to be affixed to the road surface to support the payload. And through one portion of its travel over the 405 Freeway, the shuttle was towed by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

All of these challenges made moving Endeavour a logistical nightmare, and it arrived several hours later than planned. But arrive it did, in one piece with no damage, and we're lucky that its move was followed by so many camera-wielding spectators that the Los Angeles Times was able to piece together an awe-inspiring time-lapse video. See for yourself below.


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        Jim R
        • 2 Years Ago
        Don't worry. Private companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, X-Corps and others are stepping in to fill the void. Several shuttle replacements were proposed. They all started out as cheaper, faster and more useful. By the time the Feds got through they were all canceled because they were too complicated, slower, and expensive. The opposite of progress really is Congress.
          lasertekk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jim R
          I think you meant to say, by the time aerospace/military contractors got through they were all cancelled because they too complicated, slower and expensive. Exhibit 1: the Constellation program went WAY over budget--good work there Lockheed Martin.
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      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Instead of asking why this great nation doesn't have a vehicle to deliver a human to space, unlike Russia and China, and asking what they can do to change it, they complain about Toyota being involved. What a contrast to Toyota, actually sponsoring a science centre that can help to return America to manned space flights! That's what I call supporting the nation!
      GeeDavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure if you went to the homes of everyone complaining that they used a Tundra you'd find only products made in America. You know, their US made TV and US made computer and US made smart phone and US made electric razor and ...
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was lucky enough to see Endeavor come into LA on the back of the 747. It was a special moment, and all I could do was stand there awestruck. So incredible that that machine has flown over 100 million miles and come back in such good form. I'll be making a trip to the museum once they've got the shuttle display open to the public!
      Simon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very cool.
      Shaglounge
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lifetime of adventures from Gemini all the way to Endeavour, thanks for the memories NASA. USA the great.
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ants moving a dead beetle.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      You get a good sense of how big it is when you see it in comparison to cars and people.
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      That would be great to see that in person going down the street. Amazing
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quite impressive.
      AERO
      • 2 Years Ago
      you still can see the video from this link http://vimeo.com/51621640
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