POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The final shuttle flight has landed. Endeavour was strapped to a NASA 747 transport and made the trip to the West Coast, flying low over several landmarks before landing at LAX this afternoon.
From Sacramento to San Francisco, it flew pass. Then a touch of the dramatic as Endeavour soared past the Hollywood sign, before it’s final landing.
After a few weeks of final preparations, Endeavour will move to its' permanent hangar at the California Science Center.
However, that 12-mile trip through the streets of south LA could be one of the orbiter's most controversial journeys.
Cutting a path for the massive 5-story tall, 78-foot wide spacecraft means losing at least 400 trees. Officials with the Science Center say it's the only option; dismantling the ship or air-lifting it in won't work.
The museum has promised to plant twice as many trees as it cuts down.