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LOCAL EVENTS

For more information on the entire Mission 26: The Big Endeavour, please click on to the following press release links listed below:

MISSION 26: THE BIG ENDEAVOUR
UPDATE: 10-11-12


The Space Shuttle Endeavour will begin its trek from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the California Science Center beginning on Thursday, October 11, 2012. The orbiter will be traveling through the cities of Inglewood, Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County unincorporated area communities.

Due to the size of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, streets along with sidewalks will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians to ensure public safety. The public has been informed to plan ahead and anticipate traffic delays on the route.

LAX AIRPORT TRAFFIC INFORMATION FOR OCTOBER 11-12, 2012

For those who are passengers, visitors, airport workers and ground transportation providers driving to and from LAX are advised by the Los Angeles World Airports to plan ahead and travel alternative routes to avoid possible traffic delays due to the full and intermittent street closures in communities north and northeast of LAX beginning Thursday night, October 11 to Friday afternoon, October 12, 2012.

Airport officials also recommend that during this period, all motorists – including those driving from areas south and east of LAX – add extra time to their drive in anticipation of traffic delays.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close both direction of Lincoln Blvd. between Manchester and Sepulveda Blvds. from 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 through 6 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2012.

In addition, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will begin closing streets as early as 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012, to prepare for the transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. LADOT anticipates that traffic in the areas surrounding the orbiter’s route will be negatively impacted, and drivers should expect delays.

Real time traffic conditions in and around LAX can be found at http://trafficinfo.lacity.org/htm/lax.html and on the airport’s Twitter site @LAX Official and Facebook page at http://facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport.

For more information, please refer to the Los Angeles World Airport press release entitled “LAX Traffic Advisory for Oct. 11-12, 2012 – Space Shuttle Endeavour Departs LAX October 11-12, 2012; Traffic Delays Anticipated in Communities Surrounding Airport” on this webpage.  

PREPAREDNESS

The Unified Command urges the public to arrive early, be prepared to stand long hours, and remember to bring water, food, snacks, sun block, hats and chairs. In addition, spectators traveling from distant communities are reminded to please be respectful of private property.

DESIGNATED PUBLIC & MEDIA VIEWING AREAS

The California Science Center Foundation and Unified Command have dedicated viewing public locations along the route.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

At 9 a.m., the City of Inglewood will host an event and Space Shuttle Endeavour will be on display for half an hour in front of the Forum. Parking is available at Hollywood Park Race Track. There is no over-night staying and parking lots open at 4 a.m. Please go to http://CityofInglewood.org for additional information on this event.

At 2 p.m., the Space Shuttle Endeavour will stop for about half an hour for a planned event at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. There is a dedicated area for the public to stand and view the stage, north on Crenshaw Blvd. from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Space is limited, and it is recommended to arrive early.

At 8:30 p.m., the Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to arrive at its final destination at the California Science Center. Large parking lots have been dedicated for public viewing. Four parking lots between Bill Robertson Lane and Vermont Ave., north of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. will provide ample opportunity to view the orbiter as it moves towards the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Mass transit is recommended and available via the Expo Rail and bus line running along Exposition Blvd.

GO SEE SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR AT CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER’S SAMUEL OSCHIN SPACE SHUTTLE PAVILION

The public is strongly encouraged to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center when it opens to the public on October 30, 2012 in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Pavilion. Although the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibition is free of charge, it is recommended that the general public reserve a timed ticket online at http://californiasciencecenter.org. There is service charge of $3 per ticket ($2 for Science Center members). Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis. Telephone sales are available 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily by calling (213) 744-2019. The Box Office is also open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JOURNEY BACK TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Mission 26: The Big Endeavour was delayed one day due to unfavorable weather conditions (thunderstorms) near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

At 7:22 a.m., the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departed from Kennedy Space Center located in Florida on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

At mid-day the NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft landed at Ellington Field located near Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on September 19, 2012.

In the early morning on September 20, 2012, the NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour departed from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas and headed towards New Mexico and Arizona for scheduled fly over then on to Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley Edwards Air Force Base.

ARRIVAL AT LOS ANGELES COUNTY’S
ANTELOPE VALLEY EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

At 12:52 p.m. the NASA 747 Boeing Modified Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour landed at Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley Edwards Air Force Base on Thursday, September 20, 2012. The Air Force base was closed to the public for the landing of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on that day as the orbiter made a temporary overnight stop at the base.

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(NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour soar over Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley Edwards Air Force Base where 54 space shuttle landings took place including seven by Space Shuttle Endeavour – Photo Credit: Scott Harms)

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(NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour arrives at Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley Edwards Air Force Base, 54 space shuttle landings took place at Edwards Air Force Base including 7 by Endeavour during the space shuttle program – Photo Credit: Scott Harms)

SAFETY MESSAGE

Emergency Management and Law Enforcement officials from Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, NASA Dryden Flight and Research Center and U.S. Air Force reminded motorists and visitors through various communications tools to not stop on roads or highways to view, videotape and/or photograph the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s arrival at Edwards Air Force Base as it may cause traffic congestion and potential accidents. Also, the terrain in and around Edwards Air Force Base is not deemed safe to drive or park on as it is comprised of deep sand and silt that may cause vehicles to sink. The safety message was adhered to by the public and visitors as there were no reports of accidents during the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s landing in the Antelope Valley.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

The NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour departed Edwards Air Force Base at 8:15 a.m. and flew over Lancaster, Palmdale, and other Los Angeles County unincorporated area communities as Space Shuttle Endeavour said thank you to the residents of Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley for all of their efforts, work and contributions to the successful space shuttle program. The Space Shuttle Endeavour and her NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft headed north for fly over of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and Sacramento Capitol building areas.  

After flying by Venice and Malibu beaches where thousands of people lined up to see the orbiter, the NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour banked over towards Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for its first fly by at 11:57 a.m. heading towards the San Gabriel Mountain and downtown Los Angeles famous landmarks.

At 12 noon, the NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour flew past the Los Angeles County Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and City of Los Angeles City Hall areas.

At 12:06 p.m., the NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour cruised by for its second LAX fly by appearance on the north runway and headed towards Santa Monica Pier and the Getty Center.

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(NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour flies by the north runway of Los Angeles International Airport as part of its second fly by - Photo taken from City of El Segundo Space Shuttle Endeavour viewing area located on Imperial Avenue in the Los Angeles County Operational Area – Photo Credit: Ken Kondo)

At 12:10 p.m., the NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle flies by the Getty Center, Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City and Griffith Observatory.

At 12:16 p.m., NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour fly by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena Rose Bowl and Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center.

From 12:17-12:38 p.m., NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour fly by Long Beach Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Disneyland and Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

At 12:39 p.m., NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour flies 300 feet on top of the south side of the Los Angeles International Airport runway for its third fly by as the pilot sizes up the final landing spot and banks the orbiter to the left as it prepared for its final approach.

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(NASA Boeing 747 Modified Carrier and Space Shuttle Endeavour flies by the south runway at Los Angeles International Airport as part of its third fly – Photo Credit: Ken Kondo)

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(Pictured in the middle is ABC7 Los Angeles Reporter Qwesi McCray interviewing one of the estimated 8-10,000 people who watched the Space Shuttle Endeavour landing from Imperial Avenue Viewing Area in the City of El Segundo, Los Angeles County, California – Photo Credit: Ken Kondo).

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(Pictured in the middle is CBS This Evening Reporter Bill Whitaker interviews a young boy who thanked his mom for bringing him to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s landing at Los Angeles International Airport – Imperial Avenue Viewing Area in the City of El Segundo, Los Angeles County, California. Picture Credit: Ken Kondo).

At 12:52-53 p.m., NASA Boeing 747 Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour arrives at LAX. The orbiter was taxi over to the United Airlines Hangar area for a welcome home ceremony. More than 8-10,000 people watched the landing of Space Shuttle Endeavour at City of El Segundo Imperial Avenue viewing location. Joining the 8-10,000 people were local, national and international media including Bereavision 31.6 Spanish reporter Jose Rodriguez, CBS News “This Evening” reporter Bill Whitaker, CNN News reporter Miguel Marquez, CNN Espanol reporter Karina Dalmas, ABC7 Los Angeles reporter Qwesi McCray, KCAL 9 reporter Michelle Gile, KTLA Ch. 5 reporter Gayle Anderson, FOX 11 News Loren Silvan and Ed Laskos, NBC4 LA Antonio Castalan, City TV Los Angeles Frank Aguilera, KPCC 89.3 FM reporter Brian Watts, The Sentinel Valerie Goodloe, WAVE Community News Marty Cotwright and Getty Images Michael Czerwonka. 

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(Welcome Home Endeavour – NASA 747 Boeing Modified Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Endeavour arrives at Los Angeles International Airport. More than 8-10,000 people who made their way to the City of El Segundo Imperial Avenue Space Shuttle Endeavour viewing area as they photograph and videotape the orbiter’s landing – Photo Credit: Ken Kondo)

CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER OPENING ON OCTOBER 30, 2012

The best opportunity to view the Space Shuttle Endeavour in person will be at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Display Pavilion located at Exposition Park in Los Angeles beginning on October 30, 2012.

Welcome home, Space Shuttle Endeavour and congratulations to California Science Center.
For more information, please click on to the following press release links listed below:

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Space Shuttle Endeavour on top of the NASA modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft as it soars aloft from Edwards Air Force Base located in Los Angeles County Antelope Valley on the first leg of its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida just after sunrise on December 10, 2008. Space Shuttle Endeavour made 25 missions and landed seven times at Edwards Air Force Base during its space career.

(Photo provided by NASA Dryden Flight and Research Center)

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Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at Edwards Air Force Base located in Los Angeles County Antelope Valley, ending mission STS 126 to the International Space Station on November 30, 2008.

(Photo provided by NASA Dryden Flight and Research Center)