Delayed: Space Shuttle Endeavour's Flight to LAX

The start of space shuttle Endeavour's journey to Los Angeles has been postponed to Friday.

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Sep 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:03 PM PDT
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Public Works president Andrea Alarcon says there were some last-minute concessions on behalf of the science center during a clandestine meeting on Monday regarding the center's plan to uproot hundreds of trees in order to make room for the space shuttle Endeavour. In the end, the center received its permit and the city was promised more, larger trees to replace those removed. Patrick Healy reports from Leimert Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2012.

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Public Works president Andrea Alarcon says there were some last-minute concessions on behalf of the science center during a clandestine meeting on Monday regarding the center's plan to uproot hundreds of trees in order to make room for the space shuttle Endeavour. In the end, the center received its permit and the city was promised more, larger trees to replace those removed. Patrick Healy reports from Leimert Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2012.

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Residents Decry Removal of Trees for Endeavour

Science Center officials and residents meet at City Hall to discuss the tree removal plan that will make way for space shuttle Endeavour. Patrick Healy reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at noon on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Hello Endeavour, Goodbye Trees

More than 400 trees need to be cut down along the space shuttle Endeavour’s route from LAX to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The trees will be replaced and some were already slated to be cut down, but residents and experts say there could be a better plan. Center president Jeff Rudolph says he understands the irony in his mission to educate youth about nature and forcing the removal of hundreds of trees, adding the benefits outweigh the cons. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2012.
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Unfavorable weather conditions have further delayed the start of space shuttle Endeavour's Florida-to-Southern California flight on the back of a modified Boeing 747.

Inside the Shuttle Carrier

NASA officials announced Monday afternoon that the flight from Kennedy Space Center aboard a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft would be postponed to Friday because of thunderstorms along the flight path.

Earlier Monday, the space shuttle's journey was postponed to Wednesday. That was after Sunday's announcement that the cross-country flight would be postponed from Monday to Tuesday.

The shuttle was originally scheduled to arrive at LAX on Thursday. Managers were scheduled to conduct another weather briefing Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Low-level flyovers are planned along the route, weather permitting. After a stop in Texas, a flyover was planned at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The aircraft and shuttle are scheduled to depart Dryden for flyovers at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, and over Sacramento and San Francisco. The aircraft also will conduct a flyover of several sites in LA before its touchdown at LAX.

Endeavour will be undocked from the carrier at LAX, and crews at a United Airlines hangar will prepare the shuttle for transport -- a 12-mile trip to the Science Center. It is expected to arrive at the Science Center on Oct. 13 and go on display Oct. 30 in the Science Center's Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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