US space shuttle makes final journey - by road
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The United States (US) space shuttle Endeavour began its final journey on Friday, at the less-than rocket-propelled speed of 3.2 kmh, in a meticulously planned trip through the streets of Los Angeles.
Some 400 trees have had to be cut down - provoking initial protests from locals - and power lines turned off to make way for the 79,000kg vehicle on the two-day, 19 km journey to the California Science Centre.
The enormous white spacecraft, which stopped on a parking lot after being brought out of a hangar overnight, began moving early afternoon, looking like a giant ocean liner cruising surreally across LA's mostly low-level cityscape.
"It's pretty neat to see a spaceship in the street," one spectator told local KCAL 9 television, which broadcast live footage of the slow-moving shuttle procession along boulevards lined with onlookers.