Crews Removing 400 Trees Along Shuttle Endeavour Route in LA

Posted September 4th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Some southern California residents are angry as crews cut down hundreds of trees to make room for the retired space shuttle Endeavour, which is moving from Los Angeles International Airport to its new, permanent location next month.

About 400 trees have to be removed from a 19-kilometer-long route so the five-story high, 24-meter-wide shuttle can fit through its path from the airport to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The center has agreed to plant twice as many trees along the route to replace those being cut down. But neighborhood council director Lark Galloway-Gilliam says the area is losing “big, majestic trees” and that trees planted as replacements will not be the same.

The two-day move aboard a NASA transporter is scheduled for October 12. Dubbed “Mission 26,” it is the first time a space shuttle will travel through urban, public streets.