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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stored within a United Airlines hangar at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Endeavour is prepped for museum display on September 24, 2012.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

Endeavour: 5 Days Later... The youngest orbiter in NASA's retired space shuttle fleet is safely stored within a large United Airlines hangar at Los Angeles International Airport...having been removed from the top of her Shuttle Carrier Aircraft last Saturday and now undergoing final preparations for her trip to the California Science Center next month. As shown above, Endeavour is on the Over Land Transporter that will carry her over the 12 miles of city streets that the spacecraft needs to traverse prior to becoming a permanent L.A. museum exhibit on October 30th. Among the tasks that need to be done beforehand are the removal of the tailcone that shielded Endeavour's three Replica Shuttle Main Engines during last week's ferry flight from Florida and re-installation of the twin thruster nozzles to her Orbital Maneuvering System pods. Endeavour will take to the streets of L.A. starting on Friday, October 12, and arrive at the Science Center on October 13.

At LAX, Endeavour hangs in the air after being removed from atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on September 22, 2012.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

The Sun rises as Endeavour is placed atop the Over Land Transporter at LAX on September 22, 2012.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

It is early morning as Endeavour is now placed atop the Over Land Transporter at LAX, on September 22, 2012.
NASA / Paul E. Alers

Endeavour comes nose to nose with the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at LAX on September 22, 2012.
NASA / Scott Andrews

Endeavour is placed in temporary storage inside the United Airlines hangar at LAX on September 22, 2012.
NASA / Bill Ingalls

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