The Straits Times
Published on Oct 14, 2012

Space shuttle inches in late to LA retirement home


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Thousands of Angelenos lined the streets on Saturday as the space shuttle Endeavour inched to its LA retirement home - hours late after squeezing through a particularly narrow home stretch.

Crowds applauded as the massive white spacecraft crawled along the final straight, at the stately speed of three kilometres per hour, on the second day of its last 19 kilometre journey across Los Angeles.

The orbiter - which zoomed at 28,000 kph when in Earth's orbit - had hoped to reach its final berth in the California Science Center by nightfall after its two-day slow-motion road trip.

But as the sun set it still had several kilometres to go, leaving a welcoming party - including dignitaries and thousands of shuttle fans gathered for the final homecoming ceremony - on hold into the evening.