Gallery: 400 Trees Cut Down to Make Way For Space Shuttle Endeavour’s L...


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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  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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