The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final voyage to the California Science Center on October 13, where it will be on permanent display to the public.
No doubt causing traffic chaos, the Endeavour will travel 12 miles on city streets from LAX Airport to the Science Center.
At the end of the journey, a “finish-line” celebration is planned at Exposition Park for the evening of October 13 when the shuttle arrives at the Science Center. This will allow everybody to witness the final leg of the historic voyage.
It’s also emerged that a stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1/2–ton pickup with a 5.7L V8 will tow the 300,000 lb space craft the last quarter mile down Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park.
Although it has a maximum tow capacity of 10,000 lb, Toyota has worked with The Sarens Group; a heavy lifting and engineered transport company, to develop a dolly to haul Endeavour.
Participation in the transportation of the shuttle is part of a partnership between Toyota and the Science Center in an effort to provide support and awareness of the space program and continuing education of the public through exhibits and programs. Toyota currently has a Tundra on display in a Science Center exhibit demonstrating the physics of leverage. The tow Tundra will replace it on display after the Endeavour exhibit opens on October 30, 2012.