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Space shuttle Endeavour  (Source:
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center are still moving forward with the transport

It looks like the California Science Center is barking up the wrong tree with its latest project -- cutting down 400 trees to transport NASA space shuttle Endeavour. 
Endeavour, which served nearly 30 years in NASA's space shuttle program and completed 25 missions, was retired in 2011 along with the other two members of the program -- Discovery and Atlantis. All three are now being put on display, where Discovery was sent to the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia and Atlantis was sent to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. 
Now, Endeavour will soon be heading to its final resting place, but there's just one problem (actually, more like 400 problems): about 400 trees will have to cut down in order to transport Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It's approximately a 12-mile trip from the Los Angeles airport to the California Science Center, where power lines and traffic will have to be addressed as well.
But LA residents aren't upset about possible traffic and power issues during the transport; they're more concerned with the cutting down of 400 tall, old trees. According to some local residents, it would take much too long for the trees to grow back to the point they're at now. 
"They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees," said Lark Galloway-Gilliam, a local resident. "It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again."
However, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California Science Center don't plan to let 400 trees stop them from having the historic piece of space history on display in their city. The California Science Center even offered to replant twice as many trees in the path that they're cutting. 
LA residents countered that cutting the trees isn't only a bad environmental move, but it will also reduce home values in the area. 
Endeavour will ultimately make its way to the California Science Center on October 12. 

Source: Yahoo News

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Not really a bright move
By Rob94hawk on 9/4/2012 8:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
IMO not really a bright move on their part. I love the shuttles but why kill 400 trees so the shuttle can sit somewhere and collect dust?

RE: Not really a bright move
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2012 9:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
That shuttle went to outer space for some 30 years. What the hell did those trees ever do? :P

RE: Not really a bright move
By inighthawki on 9/4/2012 9:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
provide us with oxygen to breath and live?

But in all seriousness, I have to say I'm pretty impartial to this. 400 trees isn't exactly an enormous number...

RE: Not really a bright move
By Spuke on 9/4/2012 10:16:48 PM , Rating: 2
provide us with oxygen to breath and live?
I don't live in LA so they didn't provide me with sh!t but I WILL most certainly enjoy seeing the shuttle at the Science Museum. And $1000 per tree? LMAO! This is LA fool! You really think legal residents will be the one's replanting those trees?

RE: Not really a bright move
By Strunf on 9/5/2012 8:15:53 AM , Rating: 2
This isn't Vegas Oxygen produced in LA doesn't stay in LA ;)

RE: Not really a bright move
By Spuke on 9/5/2012 5:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
Guess you've never been to San Bernardino.

RE: Not really a bright move
By Natch on 9/6/2012 8:08:29 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, but hopefully the smog does!

RE: Not really a bright move
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2012 10:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you want to look at it another way, growing trees consumer far more C02 and produce more oxygen than full grown adult trees. So cutting down 400 trees and regrowing them is better!

RE: Not really a bright move
By Strunf on 9/5/2012 8:31:24 AM , Rating: 2
Totally right burn down all the trees to plant new ones and you will magically deplete the planet from it's carbon while filling it up with oxygen...

RE: Not really a bright move
By Spuke on 9/5/2012 5:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
I thought CO2 was a toxic gas?

RE: Not really a bright move
By thelostjs on 9/5/2012 10:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
one of my cars is more than 25 years old. im going to cut down 400 trees in its honor.
end sarcasm>
the shuttle's highest point during a flight,(~400miles),low-earth-orbit does not equal space!
the space shuttle, a piece of junk for thirty years. only a govt/culture as lazy and uninterested in its own future as ours could settle for the lack of progress we have seen in our space transports. 30 years no revolutions. no real evolutions in design or capability?

we will be saying: "wait, what?" when china blows us away (may be to literal) from their controlling position in space.

reading on different orbit levels:

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