Inglewood residents are accustomed to seeing planes fly overhead, but come Oct. 13, the space shuttle Endeavour will be making its way from LAX to the CA Science Center on surface streets. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2012.
Inglewood residents are accustomed to seeing planes fly overhead, but come October 13, an aircraft of a different sort will roll through the streets. The space shuttle Endeavour will be making its way from LAX to the California Science Center.
"Not many people have seen that, that close, that'll be pretty cool,” says Eric Marentes of Inglewood.
The shuttle will leave LAX on Oct. 12, traveling at a snail's pace of 2 mph.
When it passes through Inglewood on Oct. 13, it will travel east on Manchester Boulevard, north on Crenshaw Boulevard, then turn east onto King Junior Boulevard. Along the way bleachers will be set up at the Forum so the public can get a good look.
To make room for the shuttle's 78-foot wingspan, several hundred trees have to be cut down, which is creating controversy.
"I think it's a great event, but I have a green thumb. I'm sad they had to cut down trees," says Jennifer Brown of Los Angeles.
But the California Science Center has agreed to replace the trees at a ratio of nearly 4 to 1.