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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Posing with space shuttle Endeavour near Los Angeles International Airport on October 12, 2012.

Endeavour's Parade... Here are a couple of photos I took during the first two days of Endeavour's trek from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center (CSC) this weekend. I originally went to the Science Center yesterday evening to take pictures of NASA's youngest retired space shuttle as she arrived at her retirement home, but decided to leave and photograph the orbiter at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (where Endeavour was currently parked before embarking on the final leg of her roadside journey several hours later) after it was announced that the shuttle's arrival at CSC was initially delayed from 8:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) last night to around 6 AM this morning.

Space shuttle Endeavour is parked on the street near Los Angeles' well-known Randy's Donuts on October 12, 2012.

While I'm disappointed that I was not able to watch Endeavour as she arrived at her final resting place in Exposition Park this afternoon, I'm still extremely grateful that I got to witness history in the making. The chances of seeing another billion-dollar spacecraft that launched into orbit like a rocket and return to Earth like an airplane being transported through crowded city streets in SoCal again are, needless to say, very very slim.

Space shuttle Endeavour is parked outside of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on October 13, 2012.

Posing with space shuttle Endeavour outside of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on October 13, 2012.

A Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store sign is dwarfed by space shuttle Endeavour outside of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, on October 13, 2012.

Space shuttle Endeavour towers above the crowd outside of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, on October 13, 2012.

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