400 Trees Cut Down to Make Way For Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Los Angeles Arrival

by , 09/09/12

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Ever since the Space Shuttle fleet was retired last year, several spacecraft have gone to new homes for the public to enjoy. Their journeys have often been spectacular, such as the Enterprise flying over New York and Discovery soaring above Washington D.C. However it seems that Endeavour’s final 12-mile journey to its new home at the California Science Center is causing controversy – as over 400 trees are being cut down to make way for the spacecraft as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles.

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The California Science Center is located in South L.A., and many locals have had their trees cut down. The Center has vowed to replant twice as many trees along the route once the shuttle completes its journey from the Los Angeles International Airport, however the move has still irked local residents. Speaking to the LA Times, Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a longtime Leimert Park resident and neighborhood council director said: “They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees. It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again.”

There are also concerns that the new trees will not be as ‘full’ as the mature magnolias they replace. Not just that, but it is thought that the new, young, wiry trees will depreciate property values simply because they aren’t as impressive.

However LA officials believe that the historical significance of having Endeavour in the city will make up for the cutting down of the trees. “It is a historical artifact and national treasure,” said California Science Center president Jeffrey Rudolph. “The community understands that and recognizes that it will help inspire the next generation of explorers.” Over its two decade career, Endeavour circled the Earth more than 4,600 times and spent 299 days in space.

There were other ideas to get the shuttle to the Science Center, such as disassembling it, but it was feared that it would do lasting damage to the craft. It’s also too heavy to be winched in by helicopters. The shuttle’s final route will follow Manchester Boulevard to Crenshaw Drive, then onto Crenshaw Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – wide roads with no low bridges.

Via LA Times

Images: Lance Cheung and deg.io

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  1. sunsetonthebay September 24, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I am so disappointed and find the entire “show” shameful. They should have exhausted every effort and took every measure before cutting any trees. For instance, using cranes or moving it on a slant are just two simple ways in which this “parade” could have been accomplished. More over; the exploration of space relies on the ozone layer which requires a healthy planet… bottom line, “trees” are an essential link for the survival “our” planet. For years, research studies have proven that “our” planet desperately needs a commitment from each one of us in order to insure a cleaner, healthier world. I am shocked that any agency that is part of the space or science industry would even consider chopping one tree down. Shame on them! Granite, the study and exploration of space in crucial however, has it cured any of the following killers of our fellow humans like; Cancer? ALS? Parkinsons? Huntington’s? AIDS or, any other crippling disease… has the travel of space even cured the common cold?? I am so disappointed in the “ONE” agency that supposedly “relies on a healthy world,” didn’t do more to stop this. Not forgetting, all the residents that have now had their neighborhoods changed forever… all the families that have grown up in those neighborhoods and have purchased homes with majestic trees in place and are now, forever gone. Regardless if they plant “two” trees for every “one” cut, it takes hundreds of years to grow and become established so who are they kidding! Lastly; CALIFORNIA IS IN A MESS OF TROUBLE… the “millions” of dollars spent on trees could have saved thousands of jobs, kept schools and court houses open which, ultimately, would have been money well spent. Shame on you for not “thinking outside the box”… after all, if you can explore space, I think the highly trained engineers could have put on a better parade without cutting down trees!

  2. Tim Harris September 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Did anyone think to transport the shuttle on it’s side. At a 90 degree bank. With one wing tip straight up 85 feet high. Getting the picture? Power line can go up and down but trees can not.

    It could be done.

  3. EKBillie September 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Are you kidding me? All these rocket scientists…and this is the solution? #FAIL

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