Los Angeles (CNN) — Move over, Oscars. Take a seat, Disney. And forget the televised car chase.
The space shuttle Endeavour is conquering a new frontier — the entertainment capital of the world — and it’s getting royal parade treatment.
Like a king carried in a chariot, the Endeavour is lumbering through the streets of Los Angeles on its way to retirement in a local museum.
Earthlings are taking their first close-up view of the shuttle’s heft and girth as it saunters 12 miles over two days at 2 mph (most humans walk 3 mph), with several rests.
That slow movement has allowed a festival of gawkers to line the streets and express awe as the hulking orbiter barely clears utility poles and trees.
Its five-story-high tail passes the corner glass suites of office buildings, and the vehicle has attracted thousands of admirers during stops outside unlikely destinations such as Bed Bath & Beyond.