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Mission Control: Waze & The California Science Center Team Up to Help Los Angeles Drivers During Endeavour’s Final Trek


App will help drivers track and avoid traffic during shuttle move

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Waze, the free social traffic app that helped Los Angeles drivers survive Carmageddon, will help them again — this time with the upcoming traffic from the transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from LAX to Exposition Park. With help from the California Science Center, Waze will display the shuttle’s location on its map as it moves, and automatically route drivers away from any traffic.

Endeavour will be moved on October 12 and 13 in a 12-mile journey across the cities of Inglewood and Los Angeles. The space shuttle will be transported at 2 mph, causing traffic challenges, road closures and lots of fun for onlookers. The two-day journey of Endeavour is expected to draw viewers from across Southern California. One of the biggest objects ever transported down city streets, Endeavour is five stories tall (58 feet high at the tip of the tail), has a wingspan of 78 feet and weighs 170,000 pounds.

“This will mark the first, last and only time a space shuttle will travel through 12 miles of urban, public streets,” California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph said. “It’s not only one of the biggest objects ever transported down city streets; it’s an irreplaceable national treasure. Most importantly, this marks the beginning of Endeavour’s ultimate mission of inspiring current and innovators and explorers at the California Science Center.”

Now at 28 million drivers, the Waze system is a proven tool to help avoid traffic, especially in Los Angeles. Even Mayor Villaraigosa tweeted to his followers to use Waze during the original Carmageddon. Nominated for “Best LA City App” by the Los Angeles Weekly, Waze helps more than 900,000 Los Angeles drivers get to their destinations as quickly as possible.

Waze can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store, Google:Play Market, or at

Waze is a social traffic & navigation app based on the world's largest community of drivers sharing real time road info and contributing to the “common good” out there on the road. By simply driving around with Waze open users passively contribute traffic and other road data. Users can take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a 'heads-up' about what's to come– and because it’s 100% user-generated, the more people who use Waze, the better (and more fun) it gets!

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Its mission is as follows:” We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people’s lives.” The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. Please check the Science Center web site for schedule updates at

For Waze
Jill Budik, 212-489-8774

Source: Waze