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Countdown to Space Shuttle Endeavour's Arrival in L.A. Has Begun

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The space shuttle Endeavour made a safe touch-down last night at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and now the countdown has begun for its arrival in Los Angeles as part of a permanent exhibit at the California Science Center.

Endeavour, which was built primarily in SoCal, "touched down Tuesday night to end its 16-day mission under the command of Capt. Mark E. Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman severely injured in January's mass shooting in Tucson," notes L.A. Now.

It's not a quick trip from Florida to California for Endeavour, though. With our minds set on Endeavour-as-exhibit, much like George Harrison sang in the 80s, this endeavor is going to take time, patience, and money.

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Getting the spacecraft to L.A. is going to cost the California Science Center $28.2 million, and, actually getting it to the venue is going to be a bit of an issue; it's got a 78-foot wingspan, which would certainly be a sight to see cruising on the 10 Freeway.

Endeavour will hopefully be on display in Los Angeles in about a year.