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Film crews are still busy shooting a new Toyota Tundra commercial in front of the space shuttle. An updated estimate has Endeavour moving again at around 11:45 p.m. once filming is complete.
Regardless, the crowds have stuck around, anxious to see it move again.
It appears that the shuttle is now resting on its new dolly that will move it across the 405 Freeway tonight. Film crews are hard a work filming a commercial for Toyota as one of their trucks will pull the shuttle across the Manchester Boulevard bridge.
There are still plenty of onlookers gathering on the nearby streets.
Flood lights cast a bright glow on the Endeavour as crews continue to make preparations for its crossing over the 405 Freeway.
All around the area, pedestrians have swarmed the sidewalks to get a photo of the shuttle lit up at night. La Cienega remains open for pedestrian access all the way up to Manchester Boulevard, affording the opportunity for an iconic photo of the shuttle with Randy’s Donuts in the foreground.
It is clear, at least in Inglewood, that shuttle fever has taken hold.
The shuttle has arrived in front of Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood. Crews are now working on transferring the shuttle to a new trailer so it can be moved across the 405 Freeway around 11 p.m. Friday night.
Southern California Edison has completed the 54-step process of lifting the power lines at the intersection of Glasgow and Manchester Boulevard. Rather than take them down, a crane was brought in to lift the lines an additional 15 feet to accommodate the 57-foot height of the shuttle.
“It is a massive undertaking,” said SoCal Edison planning supervisor Aaron Pearson. And, he added, they have to do it four more times along the route.
Endeavour has begun moving again and will head east on La Tijera before making a right turn onto Manchester Boulevard. From there, it will take about three hours to reach the intersection of Glasgow and Manchester.
We are staked out near Randy’s Donuts on Manchester Boulevard waiting for the shuttle’s 4:30 p.m. anticipated arrival time.
Randy’s is technically closed for business but they have set up a bank of bleachers in their parking lot for a private watch party.
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When you stand around Endeavour for long enough, you realize that the shuttle’s journey means a lot to many people in the area.
It has particular significance for Dina Heredina of Redondo Beach.
As the shuttle sat in the parking lot of Staples, Heredina approached an official shuttle photographer clutching a laminated prayer card from her father’s funeral.
Choking back tears, she handed the prayer card to the photographer as she explained how her late father was an avid space shuttle fan. “He followed everything,” she said.
Heredina asked that the prayer card be carried along with the shuttle for the remainder of the route so her father could follow Endeavour. The photographer agreed and placed the card in his vest pocket.
“It is just so emotional,” said Heredina as she described how she used to look at the stars with her father through their home telescope and talk about the shuttle program. “I have just been crying ever since the space shuttle flew over.”
Walking up to the Staples parking lot at Sepulveda and La Tijera Boulevard, where the shuttle currently rests, is like approaching a major sporting venue.
Savvy entrepreneurs, taking advantage of a once-ever opportunity and a sudden captive audience, hawked posters, t-shirts, flags and even cotton candy. “Postcards—four for $ 1—share with a friend,” one vendor yelled repeatedly at the corner of Sepulveda and La Tijera.
The weekend had clearly come early for the more than one thousand people that stood in the parking lot snapping pictures and gawking at the shuttle in front of them. People from across the Southland showed up on bikes, on foot and many with pets.
The shuttle still has about two more hours to go before it starts moving again.
A small crowd has gathered across the street from Endeavour as it sits at Sepulveda Eastway and La Tijera Boulevard.
Crews said they are working to adjust the transporter the shuttle is riding on so it can travel down Manchester. Unlike previous streets, Manchester has a median in the middle that the shuttle must pass over the top of.
Endeavour is sitting near the intersection of La Tijera and Sepulveda Eastway and will remain there until approximately 1:00 p.m. Friday. A press conference with city officials is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to update the media on the progress of the journey.
This editor is off to bed for a few hours. Check back throughout the day for new photos and updates.
Hundreds of people lined Westchester Boulevard in the wee hours of the morning Friday to see Endeavour on the first leg of its route on public streets.
People of all ages turned out in what resembled a parade at 3:00 a.m. One mother held their child, still dressed in pajamas and clutching a blanket. Santa Monica resident Vivianne Robinson carried a child-sized alien doll on the front of her bicycle and wore a hat decorated with shuttle mission patches and an American flag.
Despite warnings of street and sidewalk closures one mile in advance, the public was allowed on the sidewalk as the shuttle rolled by a mere 20 feet in front of them. Police stood watch to ensure nobody stepped onto the street and the crowd chased the shuttle down the route.
Others simply gawked as the shuttle rolled by.
“This is amazing,” said one woman. “Wow… Just wow,” said another bystander.
Even emergency crews were not immune to the excitement as police officers and firefighters posed for pictures in front of Endeavour.
Around 4:00 a.m., the shuttle will reach La Tijera and Sepulveda Eastway where it will remain for nine hours until 1 p.m. Friday.
A California Science Center spokesman says the Space Shuttle Endeavour has left Los Angeles International and is en route to the California Science Center.
City News Service provided this report.
A California Science Center spokeswoman says unspecified mechanical difficulties have delayed the planned 2 a.m. start of the space shuttle Endeavour’s 12-mile journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the Science Center in Exposition Park for 30 to 45 minutes.
City News Service provided this report.
Friday, 12:40 a.m.
Crews ahead of the shuttle spent Thursday night and early Friday placing steel plates onto roads to keep the infrastructure underneath from being crushed by the massive weight of Endeavour.
More than 2,700 one-inch thick steel plates, weighing a total of nine million pounds, had to be brought in to accommodate the shuttle according to Encon Construction Services president Michael Volchok. It took 250 trucks to deliver the plates from as far away as Arizona, said Volchok.
In addition, Caltrans workers, taking advantage of their in-house sign making facility, placed “shuttle crossing” signs along Lincoln Boulevard. The signs proved to be a popular photo opportunity for many of the construction workers.Read More »