It flew 115 million miles to and from orbit at speeds of up to 17,500mph, but the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission after a 20-year career was at the more sedate pace of 2mph (0.0114% of its top speed) - through the streets of Los Angeles.

The spacecraft, one of the original five made in the USA, is being paraded from Los Angeles' LAX airport on a 12-mile route to its final resting place at the California Science Centre, which it will reach late on Saturday.

According to Reuters, "police closed streets along the planned route for what organisers are calling 'Mission 26', in reference to the shuttle's 25 previous missions into space."

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Low-altitude journey: Endeavour makes its way through LA

Mounted on a flatbed carrier, it has been a tricky journey, with the 78-ton vehicle sometimes being just inches from buildings.

There have also been a few protests from locals about trees being cut down to make room for the shuttle and electricity being cut off as a safety precaution.

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Crowds gathered to watch the Endeavour being readied for its trip

However, authorities have assured environmentally concerned residents that more trees will be planted than were pulled up, and the craft has so far received a rapturous reception along most of the route, with some chanting "USA, USA" as it passed.

In September the shuttle made a final dramatic flight over California on the back of an adapted Boeing 747.

The Endeavour is the one of the last of the original Nasa fleet to be officially retired.

The Smithsonian in Washington hosts the Discovery, New York City the prototype shuttle Enterprise at its Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum while Atlantis resides at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Nasa is retiring its shuttle program, which ran for for 30 years and 135 missions.

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  • The space shuttle Endeavour leaves Los Angeles International Airport hangar onto the streets in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Lawrence K. Ho)

  • A woman photographs the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • A welcome home sign is displayed on the turn as space shuttle Endeavour leaves Los Angeles International Airport hangar onto the streets in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Lawrence K. Ho)

  • Spectators gather to look at the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour leaves Los Angeles International Airport hangar onto the streets in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Lawrence K. Ho)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour sits in a strip mall as a Hawaiian Airlines jet approaches a runway at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour sits in a strip mall as a Hawaiian Airlines jet approaches a runway at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its hangar at the airport en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour sits in a strip mall near Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour near Los Angeles Internal Airport in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Spectators take pictures of Space Shuttle Endeavour as it is slowly moves along city streets, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets — on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)

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    The Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)

  • The Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd. on a 160-wheeled carrier in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Spectators take pictures from the roof of a building as the Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheel trailer, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour turns a corner as it slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheel trailer, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)

  • Sid Logan takes pictures from his car as spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour slowly move along city streets on a 160-wheel trailer, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Jose Salazar waves an American flag as he and other spectators gathered on a roof watch the space shuttle Endeavour slowly move along city streets on a 160-wheel trailer, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour slowly move along city streets on a 160-wheel trailer, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission _ a 12-mile creep through city streets _ on its way to the California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • The Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly moves along city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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    Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour make its way down Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Spectators gather to watch the space shuttle Endeavour outside of Randy's Donuts as it waits to cross the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Workers take pictures with the space shuttle Endeavour outside of Randy's Donuts as it waits to cross the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

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    Space Shuttle Endeavour rolls over steel plates put down to protect the streets on route from Westchester square to Randy's Donuts during its final ground journey in Los Angeles, California on October 12,2012. Over the next two days, the 170,000-pound (77,272 kg) shuttle will travel at no more than 2 mph (3.2 km per hour) along a 12-mile (19km) route from LAX to it's final home at the California Science Center. NASA Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011 after 30 years and 135 missions. (AP Photo/JOE KLAMAR, POOL)

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    Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen reflected in a window on route from Westchester square to Randy's Donuts during its final ground journey in Los Angeles, California on October 12,2012. Over the next two days, the 170,000-pound (77,272 kg) shuttle will travel at no more than 2 mph (3.2 km per hour) along a 12-mile (19km) route from LAX to it's final home at the California Science Center. NASA Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011 after 30 years and 135 missions. (AP Photo/JOE KLAMAR, POOL)

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    Spectators get a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on route from Westchester square to Randy's Donuts during its final ground journey in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 12,2012. Over the next two days, the 170,000-pound (77,272 kg) shuttle will travel at no more than 2 mph (3.2 km per hour) along a 12-mile (19km) route from LAX to it's final home at the California Science Center. (AP Photo/JOE KLAMAR, POOL)

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    Space Shuttle Endeavour on route from Westchester square to Randy's Donuts during its final ground journey in Los Angeles, California on Oct. 12,2012. Transporting Endeavour required a specialized carrier typically used to haul oil rigs, bridges and heavy equipment. The wheels can spin in any direction, allowing the shuttle to zigzag past obstacles. An operator, right, controls the movements via joystick. Several spotters along the wings are on the lookout for hazards. (AP Photo/JOE KLAMAR, POOL)

  • The space shuttle Endeavour makes it's way down Manchester Blvd. over a closed 405 fwy in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • Spectators take pictures as the space shuttle Endeavour is pulled by a Toyota Tundra pickup truck on its way across the 405 freeway in Inglewood, Calif., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

  • In this image provided by NASA the space shuttle Endeavour is seen atop the Over Land Transporter vehicle after exiting the Los Angeles International Airport on its way to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the CSC’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, embarking on its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and educate and inspire future generations of explorers. (AP Photo/Bill Ingalls, NASA) Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

  • The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets. It will move past an eclectic mix of strip malls, mom-and-pop shops, tidy lawns and faded apartment buildings. Its final destination: California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets. It will move past an eclectic mix of strip malls, mom-and-pop shops, tidy lawns and faded apartment buildings. Its final destination: California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Space Shuttle Endeavour is slowly moved across Interstate 405 by a Toyota Tundra, Friday, Oct.12, 2012, in Los Angeles. The shuttle is on its last mission — a 12-mile creep through city streets. It will move past an eclectic mix of strip malls, mom-and-pop shops, tidy lawns and faded apartment buildings. Its final destination: California Science Center in South Los Angeles where it will be put on display. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Aircraft mechanic Greg Garnet takes pictures of the space shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Endeavour's 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from its Los Angeles International Airport hangar en route to the California Science Center, its ultimate destination, said Benjamin Scheier of the center. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)