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Space shuttle Endeavour  (Source: zmescience.com)
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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What a bunch of clowns.
By Amiga500 on 9/5/2012 4:51:34 AM , Rating: 0
NASA should say "yes, we've listened to your opinion, but basically sir/madam, you are that fucking stupid your opinion is not worthy of serious consideration."




RE: What a bunch of clowns.
By Belard on 9/5/2012 5:21:04 AM , Rating: 2
Its not NASA, its the mayor and California Science Center that are doing this.

Cut off part of a wing and move the thing. The wing can be re-attached... it has tiles over its wing, so nobody will notice.

Amiga 1000 is still better than the 500!


RE: What a bunch of clowns.
By Amiga500 on 9/5/2012 7:06:28 AM , Rating: 2
Whoever is moving it - the mayor, the president, the man at the bottom of the street - the bottom line is the same.

Gross stupidity should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

It is not so simple as to simply take an angle grinder to the wing! You have to remove the skin, then cut the spars/ribs as necessary, including internal pipework. Remove the wing and move the shuttle. After arrival, then reweld the spars/ribs to a suitable standard (which are aluminium - not everyone can weld aluminium). Then re-attach the skin.

Basically, it would be far more costly to remove the wing than remove the trees!


RE: What a bunch of clowns.
By bupkus on 9/5/2012 12:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
Uhh, are you talking about people for cutting trees or against... or about us here in forums?


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