By Vickie Thomas

DETROIT (WWJ) – After two decades of space flights and 25 flights, the youngest of NASA’s space shuttle fleet makes its two-day curtain call on the streets of Los Angeles.

Crowds have been lining streets in LA as space shuttle Endeavour makes its way from a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center — its final destination.

Talking to WWJ News Radio 950’s Vickie Thomas, one Detroit official said he’s been paying close attention to the shuttle’s journey.

Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin is from LA and still has a home there. His friends will make sure he has a snapshot of history as Endeavour passes by.

“It’s coming down at one point Crenshaw Boulevard and I live one block off of Crenshaw,” Austin said. “So some of my friends back in Los Angeles are going to be taking some photos and send them to me later on today.”

What fascinates Austin about this whole process? “It’s amazing. It’s going to take 46 hours to go 12 miles. That’s kind of like LA traffic,” he said.

The shuttle is crawling at 2 mph on a two-day journey to the California Science Center, where it will spend its retirement.

“It’s exciting,” Austin said. “Next time I’m back in Los Angeles, I’m definitely going to check it out.”


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