Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

By ROBERT JABLON | August 8, 2012 | 3:37 PM EDT

Officials and media arrive for a news conference inside a hanger built as the temporary home for the Endeavour Space Shuttle at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday Aug. 8,2012. California Science Center officials say the space shuttle Endeavour is tentatively scheduled to arrive at LAX on Sept. 20,2012 and will remain at the airport until Oct. 13,2012 when it will be transported through city streets to science center in Exposition Park. It is scheduled to open to the public on Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month — a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles.

Officials announced Wednesday that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747 and it will remain at LAX until Oct. 12, when it will begin a two-day, 12-mile journey to its final home at the California Science Center near downtown.

Hundreds of trees, signs and streetlights will be removed to make way for the five-story-tall spaceship.

It will go on display on Oct. 30.

Endeavour completed its 25th mission last year. Its final journey will be something of a homecoming because it was assembled in Southern California.