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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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RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Paj on 9/5/2012 10:16:56 AM , Rating: 2
If you dont understand why trees are important, especially in urban areas, then look it up. Briefly: carbon sinks, transpiration, atmospheric purification, animal habitats, erosion prevention, water table maintenance, biodiversity to name a few.

The best thing for the environment would be cutting them and replanting.

Glad you're not in charge of anything important.

The left truly has the most warped sense of morality I've ever heard of. Abortion = GOOD. Cutting down trees = BAD!

Approaching Godwin's in 3...2...1....

This is not just a piece of American history. It's a critical piece of mankind's history that should be preserved

Agreed. But its not worth cutting down 400 trees over. 40 trees, maybe. But 400 is a lot.

RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2012 1:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you dont understand why trees are important, especially in urban areas

Can we get real here for a minute? I never said trees weren't important. They are going to plant DOUBLE the amount they cut. The idea that some horrible ecological impact would take place is INSANE. 800 young trees would consume far more CO2 and generate more oxygen than those 400 old ones. FACT!

How many trees do you think get cut down to make room for roads and all this infrastructure spending Obama and the Left talk about?

Approaching Godwin's in 3...2...1....

Approaching way overused Red Herring internet saying in 3...2...1..

Agreed. But its not worth cutting down 400 trees over.

Hey if you think you're going to suffocate from 400 trees being cut down and having 800 put in their place, that's your opinion.

This is so stupid I can't believe we're talking about it. I's just crazy.

RE: Shuttle Clear Cutting
By macca007 on 9/6/2012 3:00:22 AM , Rating: 2
Now LOOK, I may as well stop this argument on both sides right now with a little sarcasm.
The World ends on 21st December it doesn't matter either way,Saving trees or the damn shuttle so there! ;)

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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