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Time-lapse video: Space shuttle Endeavour’s trek across L.A.

The space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey last weekend, traveling 12-miles from Los Angeles International Airport, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

The retired orbiter was carried through city streets atop a special transporter. Throngs of people lined the route as it shimmied around trees, utility poles and other obstacles.

More time-lapse video: Endeavour detached from Boeing 747

It had arrived in Los Angeles on a Boeing 747 on Sept. 20 and kept in LAX’s United Airlines hangar as it was prepared for the crosstown trip.

“Mission 26” as it was dubbed because of the spacecraft’s 25 flight missions for NASA started just before midnight Thursday and finished Sunday afternoon, more than 16 hours late.

Its final journey was slowed by unexpected maintenance issues and last-minute maneuvers to avoid obstacles like trees and utility poles. The 85-ton orbiter survived the trip with nary a scratch.

– Los Angeles Times reports

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Read the backstory on this video

Music credit: “Keeper of the Wind” by Eleni Hassabis from FirstCom Music

More time-lapse video: Endeavour detached from Boeing 747


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  1. October 15, 2012, 10:30 pm

    Beautiful. Well done.

  2. October 15, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Nicely done timelapse of the travel. The music was great, would be nice to know where / which artists you picked for these videos.

    Overall it was an amazing 3 days for the Space Shuttle and I'm glad it made it to its final home in one pice. Would like to have seen more footage of her travel through Crenshaw and MLK though. The joy on the ground and how awesome a job they did moving her through the neighborhood was stunning example of excellence and skill at its best.

    By: Darkflight
  3. October 15, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Very nice! Thanks for the time lapse.

    By: Ajit Natarajan
  4. October 15, 2012, 11:50 pm

    Incredible what a wonder….great engineering job LA ..this footage is bomb….carry on!

    By: Funkangeles
  5. October 15, 2012, 11:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Funkangeles and commented:
    Endeavour continued..

  6. October 16, 2012, 12:36 am

    Awesome job Bryan! Thank you for putting that together.

  7. October 16, 2012, 2:52 am

    Great piece! Love to hear more about how this was put together and planned out. Any chance you could share some of the technical details.

    By: guest
  8. October 16, 2012, 4:58 am

    Greatest newspaper-produced video OF ALL TIME. Congratulations to Bryan Chan.

    By: tipswatch
  9. October 16, 2012, 6:50 am

    Who is playing this beautiful piano? Lovely.

    By: mandyinseattle
  10. October 16, 2012, 9:00 am

    Why didn't they just fly it up there? :DDD

    By: Jax
  11. October 16, 2012, 9:54 am

    Bravo LAT!! This is FANTASTIC !

    By: Kathy
  12. October 16, 2012, 9:59 am

    The Times had the best coverage for us folks trapped here in Montana, cheering our Sarens crew on. Can't thank you enough for all the great interviews and photos.

    By: proud wife at home
  13. October 16, 2012, 10:12 am

    This is awesome! Can I get my own copy of the video?

  14. October 16, 2012, 10:28 am

    Outstanding time lapse. Thank you.

    By: L.A.
  15. October 16, 2012, 11:38 am

    I'd like this time-lapse more if it didn't skip all of Crenshaw Bl and a chunk of King Bl.

    I hate to say it, but it seems like it sends a statement without saying anything. I don't know.

    By: AndrewLA2
  16. October 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Definitely shows the influence of the Goddfrey Reggio-Philip Glass collaborations, Powasquatsi, Kyonasquatsi, etc.

    By: ststephenk
  17. October 16, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Wow great job!

    By: rebecca2000
  18. October 16, 2012, 12:26 pm

    It would be very cool if you would upload the video to youtube or vimeo, so other bloggers can embed it and link to Los Angeles Times. (Btw.: It would have many million views – I think!) It's a great video!

    By: Torsten
  19. October 16, 2012, 12:29 pm

    really nice job Bryan on all levels.

    By: decoff
  20. October 16, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Awesome video. What is the name of the song/artist?

    By: Guest
  21. October 16, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Thank you for doing this piece! Fantastic. Welcome to L.A. our new friend, Endeavour.

    By: Ashley
  22. October 16, 2012, 1:55 pm

    That's the one I've been waiting for! Excellent job setting up the cameras!
    Now if only I could download this in 1080p, so I can run repeatedly in Full Screen!
    Any chance of an upload to YouTube?

  23. October 16, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Dude that is like totally amazing man I mean Like wow.

    By: KongRooo
  24. October 16, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Great video but it didn't have any images from Randy's Donuts to the Forum :(

    By: Marko
  25. October 16, 2012, 3:23 pm

    song name?

    By: darcinator
  26. October 16, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Good job.
    Anyone knows how to find the music?

    By: Hoot
  27. October 16, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Beautiful! I have watched many many shuttle launches and the video honors the voyages of Endeavour.

    By: Mike
  28. October 16, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Can someone please give us the name and artist of the song playing? I have looked up both names that are on this thread and cant find it in itunes. PLEASE TELL US!

    By: cbjpublishing
  29. October 16, 2012, 8:35 pm

    I saw this amazing piece of equipment flying over four times – yes, 4 times while I was making my destination to Aviation Blvd. via bus. The first time was the most awe inspiring time and I froze. The 2 fighter jets on either side, with this massive 747 and Endeavor on top – the whole package was chilling. I wish I had seen the Endeavor crossing the streets of LA, but you, Brian, gave me chills again with this beautiful editing job. Eleni, thank you for that beautiful piece of music as well. Thank you so much!

  30. October 16, 2012, 8:58 pm

    Thank you Mr. Chan for the great job you did on this video! Thank you LA Times for being the paper I love and pay for from Wyoming, because of great work like this! And thank you LA and SoCal for the brains and imagination to move this spaceship to one of my favorite museums!

  31. October 16, 2012, 10:04 pm

    Wish I could have been there! But seeing it like this is pretty wonderful. Thanks, L.S. Times…

    By: bobbi
  32. October 16, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Wow, nice video! How can I get a "hard copy" of it to watch, many years from now?

    By: Vardaman
  33. October 17, 2012, 3:56 am

    And on BELGIAN wheels!!!!

  34. October 17, 2012, 7:31 am

    The final journey….awesome time lapse video. Love It.

  35. October 17, 2012, 7:57 am

    This made my eyes teary :')
    Wow to say the least!

    By: nesto92
  36. October 17, 2012, 10:03 am

    End of an era in space travel.

  37. October 17, 2012, 10:06 am

    "Keeper of the Wind" by Eleni Hassabis

  38. October 17, 2012, 11:35 am

    Bryan Chan,
    A beautiful idea and very well worked out! Great photography!
    Hope to see more work of you!
    Pieter Kers

  39. October 17, 2012, 12:10 pm

    Strange beautiful thing!

  40. October 17, 2012, 12:43 pm

    AMAZING! Wish I was back in LA!

    By: gee
  41. October 17, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Nice Time Lapse video. But, why did Chan leave out the Shuttle passing by Inglewood City Hall and The History of Transportation art mural and The Forum??

    By: Joe Goria
  42. October 17, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Incrível!! Muito lindo o "Ônibus espacial".

    By: JorgeMax
  43. October 17, 2012, 4:58 pm

    I can't believe they actually did this .
    And not one scratch, gumball, paint ball spitball, or disrespect from a single man woman or child along the way.

    Seems like a dream now.

    By: Marcus
  44. October 17, 2012, 6:55 pm

    My friend was lucky enough to be there in person. What a fantastic video for those of us who weren't fortunate enough to see this spectacular event in real life.__I used to live on Manchester. Had I been there, I'd be amongst the crowd!__Great job, LAT!

  45. October 17, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  46. October 18, 2012, 1:26 am

    In answer to the music requests: The music track is called 'Keeper of the Wind' by Eleni Hassabis. It should be available to download on iTunes within a couple of weeks or so. There's an album in the pipeline too so watch this space…. !

    By: Guest
  47. October 18, 2012, 5:59 am

    This is brilliant, I hope that you receive an award for you great work on this. Is it going to be available to purchase, it is that good I would love to get a full res version.


    By: John
  48. October 18, 2012, 6:59 am

    Well done. Watching it gave me gospomp.

  49. October 18, 2012, 9:15 am

    What an incredible video! Thanks for using our music, Bryan! Everyone here at FirstCom Music loves it!

    By: FirstCom Music
  50. October 18, 2012, 11:15 am

    Now I know what my mom meant when she said a friend got to see the Space Shuttle go by. I thought she just meant a fly-by piggybacked on that 747. BOY was I wrong. :-)

    By: Larry Gilbert
  51. October 18, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Great video… however it would have looked much better in Houston! Why CA even got a shuttle is unbelievable. Considering all the hard work and dedication to the Space Program by the Houston community… its total shame that the shuttle's final resting place wasn't at NASA JSC! What a sham!

    By: JSC wrong choice
  52. October 19, 2012, 5:32 am

    Does not work on Mac using Safari. Figures.

    By: ded
  53. October 19, 2012, 6:54 am

    Nice peice of work .

    By: Hay
  54. October 19, 2012, 8:44 am

    Now that we have said goodbye we need to say hello, what's next for our space program? Don't let this be the end to the last frontier but the beginning of something bolder.

    By: Tyson
  55. October 19, 2012, 10:06 am

    I get angry when I see the Space Shuttle put out to pasture…

    It's so sad..Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson
    (Teacher/Celebrity "Big Bang Theory" and unofficial spokesperson for science and space exploration)
    at Montclair Kimberley Academy – 2010-Jan-29. The Clip at 77 minutes 45 seconds nails it on the head.

    How America has betrayed it's legacy and abandoned the NASA space program.
    I watched fearless felix..and felt that chill as he jumped, which is not going to happen for future Americans because of short sitedness.

    I'm from Canada how can you guys stand and let NASA be trashed?


    By: searchengineman
  56. October 19, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Jim Farber
    Great coverage. The only sad part of the story is that all the effort expended by the cast and crew of the "festival celebration" including Debbie Allen, Lula Washington, Cirque du Soleil and so many others (including the War Bird fly over at Crenshaw and MLK Blvd) went for nought when the shuttle ran so far behind schedule. It was the greatest photo-op of all, and it was lost. "The best laid plans…" Jim Farber

    By: Jim Farber
  57. October 19, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Reblogged this on SCIENCE ON THE WING and commented:
    Time lapse coverage of the Shuttle’s move!

  58. October 19, 2012, 5:28 pm

    Omg as a Residences of inglewood this will be one of the most exciting moment n our lives ,:)

    By: Jesse
  59. October 19, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I worked on the INS for the Shuttle in the '80s – i always made it important to know about every flight – great part of our life, Thanks for the presentation. Richard

  60. October 19, 2012, 11:57 pm

    What a waste of a good program. It will take us 10 years to get back to where we were. Good job stepping us back again Mr. Pres!

    By: kcinmt
  61. October 20, 2012, 5:31 am

    what an incredible journey … from space to the streets to a hanger. Job well done!

    By: lin
  62. October 20, 2012, 6:35 am

    A true testimony to our ability to keep science with art!:) …a priceless value we USA and the world can ALL benefit from. History in the making and let us not forget …the best is yet to come…the sun will rise as the moon rests…and the rotation contiues. GODSPEED

    By: Diane
  63. October 20, 2012, 10:33 am

    Reblogged this on AeroDynamic Aviation and commented:
    How to move a Space Shuttle through a city!

    By: Zdravko
  64. October 20, 2012, 8:21 pm

    Yeah. That was great!

    By: GregG
  65. October 21, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Awesome time lapse, though it was made to appear as if trees were spared along the route. Sadly, hundreds of mature trees were chopped down to enable the shuttle to pass by slowly. For a temporary spectacle, working class neighborhoods lost the beauty and value of their old shade trees. Few locals were consulted and environmental review was rubber-stamped. Does anyone think Beverly Hills or Pacific Palisades could've been forced to sacrifice their old trees? Many seniors and other residents will not live long enough to see replacement saplings grow to the majesty of the removed trees. The Endeavor should've been moved some other way OR, better yet, a CA Sci. Center Annex could've been located near LAX where visitors from around the world could visit the shuttle as they use our airport; school tours of the airport could compare the shuttle to planes; and L.A. residents could see it there anytime. Instead, egos prevailed to drag the shuttle to the CA Sci. Center in Exposition Park. Impressive, but don't forget the trees that were unnecessarily sacrificed along the way. I worked at JPL and Griffith Observatory for two decades. I support space exploration and sci. education. But, I did not support the way the shuttle took precedent over the trees.

  66. October 21, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Very cool – took a great deal of organization. Our firm helped develop components that go into the shuttle. Much of it is technology developed in the 70's. The travesty is that we put the latest technology into the missile guidance systems and robotic killing drones that murder civilians in Afganistan. We gotta stop killing. The US produces more weapons than every other country in the world – combined, while the schools and the infrastucture crumble. Your elected officials are OWNED by corporations – that's the root of the problem.

    By: WildOutWest
  67. October 22, 2012, 1:18 pm

    So you didn't start with the 300 trees that were cut down for the space shuttle to pass by? Probably all for the better, lest folks be reminded of that hideous waste.

    By: SpecialKLC
  68. October 22, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Wow, what an amazing wonder! Modern technology is truly incredible.

  69. October 22, 2012, 11:21 pm


    By: flipperaz
  70. October 24, 2012, 7:21 am

    Excellent video. What a shame that this was possible because the hate America first resident in The White House has destroyed NASA and made their main mission to be improving relations with the Muslim world.

    By: tttttt1953
  71. October 24, 2012, 11:43 am

    Looks like my neighbors turning out to watch me parallel park

    By: mmm
  72. October 25, 2012, 5:48 am

    reminds me of the 6 tom cat jets i moved from n a s jax to grummond in st augustine a few years back on a tractor @ trailor moved each sunday morning for 6 weeks 26 ft wide 16 ft tall

  73. October 25, 2012, 8:25 am

    Wow! The LA Times does something right for a change

  74. October 25, 2012, 6:15 pm

    appreciate your dedication. I enjoyed it. Thank you Nadia

  75. October 26, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Amazing job! The angles chosen were perfect. I loved the view from inside the room looking out as Endeavor rode past. Also, whoever thought of blurring the street sign then focusing on United States, hat's off to you. Incredible idea. Thanks to all involved with this video project.

    By: George
  76. October 26, 2012, 4:35 pm

    WOW! absolutely awesome…not only the great video, but the endeavor itself, and the performance
    of getting it to the museum. Coordination and perfection all the way. Thanks you for letting us all
    see it with this video.

    By: JillInColorado
  77. October 29, 2012, 2:25 pm

    What a beauty, American made.

    By: mitchell
  78. October 30, 2012, 4:48 am

    Added to another tourst trap.

  79. October 31, 2012, 4:18 pm

    Sad to watch.

  80. December 23, 2012, 5:39 am

    What a great photo it is

  81. December 28, 2012, 3:54 pm

    thanks for this

    By: info
  82. February 14, 2013, 6:15 pm

    Still amazing.

    By: Cardinal Fang
  83. March 15, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Well I truly liked reading it. This post procured by you is very useful for

    correct planning.

    By: web site
  84. July 23, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Excellent work Bryan.. I like this video a lot…

    By: Sağlık
  85. July 16, 2014, 10:57 am

    Thank you for doing this piece! Fantastic

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