Slow going for last Space Shuttle Endeavour trip

12:55 AM, Oct 15, 2012   |    comments
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Spectators watch as Endeavour arrives at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Saturday. The shuttle is making its way through Los Angeles to the California Science Center. Pool Getty Images

LOS ANGELES, Ca., -- The space shuttle Endeavour has traveled some 123 million miles, but last 12 proved hard to get through.

Endeavour crawled across Los Angeles to the California Science Museum, where it will spend its retirement.  People lined city streets for a glimpse and waiting at the museum.  But the crowds dwindled as Endeavour hit repeated delays.

The problems included longer than expected maintenance of the rig carrying the shuttle and physical obstacles within the shuttle's wingspan including light posts, building edges, and lots of trees

Some 400 trees were removed to avoid such situations, but officials said most of the trees that gave them trouble could not be cut down because they were old or treasured for other reasons.  In a scene that was repeated many times, a small tree on the narrowest section of the move brought the procession to a stop, forcing crews to find creative ways to dip a wing under or raise it over the tree.

The shuttle was originally expected to finish the trip early Saturday evening.

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