LA welcomes Endeavour: 'This is a big part of American history'

Stephen Caldwell, 38, who was in town on business and spotted the spaceship from his hotel window spoke of his wonder at being so close to a space shuttle:

I grew up in central Florida and saw many shuttle launches, but this is the first time I've ever been up close to one.

This really is a big part of American history and to be able to see it here is really special.

The shuttle paused to avoid rush hour traffic on Friday evening before crossing the 405 freeway, the nation's busiest thoroughfare. This morning it will appear at a massive rally outside an arena in the nearby city of Inglewood.

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Space shuttle travels through LA

The US space shuttle Endeavour is on its final journey, a 14-mile, tortoise-like drive through the centre of Los Angeles.