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Endeavour is the biggest star in LA

Endeavour is 122 feet (37 meters) long and 78 feet (24 meters) wide and stands 5 stories tall at the tail - which police said makes it the largest object ever to move through Los Angeles. Its combined weight with the transporter is 80 tons.

Organisers say that only a few inches separate Endeavour's wings from structures along the route, and workers have felled 400 trees along curbs to clear a path. The science center, where Endeavour is heading, will plant more than 1,000 trees to make up for their loss.

Some street lights, traffic signals, power poles and parking meters also are being temporarily removed.

Endeavour flew to LA from Florida last month on a final tour, even visiting one of its former Commanders.


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.

Space shuttle Endeavour catches ride to retirement home

Space shuttle Endeavour has left the Kennedy Space Centre on its final journey, destined for a museum in California.

The United States retired its space shuttles last year after finishing construction of the $100 billion International Space Station to begin work on a new generation of spaceships.

Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final voyage home. Credit: Reuters

Earlier this year, the space shuttle Discovery completed its final voyage piggybacking a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft to its permanent retirement home at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Centre in Virginia.

Space shuttle Endeavour will retire at the Kennedy Space Centre in California. Credit: Reuters