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Space shuttle embarks on 12-mile trip to LA museum

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Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The space shuttle Endeavour is making its final journey to a Los Angeles museum.

The giant spacecraft began its 2-mph crawl through streets near Los Angeles International Airport at about 2 a.m. Friday. Crowds in the neighborhood lined the streets to watch it being hauled past. Some called it a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

About 400 trees and many traffic lights were taken down to make room for the five-story-tall shuttle with its 78-foot wingspan.

The shuttle's 160-wheeled carrier stopped briefly so that crews could prune more trees.

The shuttle will go 3 miles and then stop for nine hours to prepare for a final 9-mile roll the California Science Center.

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