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(CBS News) LOS ANGELES - The space shuttle Endeavour is continuing its slow, careful trek through the streets of Los Angeles today toward its retirement home at the California Science Center.

Around midnight last night, a Toyota Tundra pickup pulled Endeavour over the Manchester Boulevard bridge across Interstate 405. It only took about three minutes, but it was considered especially tricky because of the size of the space craft and width of the bridge.

Toyota filmed the event for a commercial after paying for a permit, turning the entire scene into a movie set complete with special lighting, sound and staging.

Endeavour has a tricky course ahead this afternoon, maneuvering through a narrow residential street with apartment buildings on both sides. The shuttle's wings are expected to reach over driveways, and residents have been told to stay indoors until the shuttle passes.

Over two days, it will trundle 12 miles at a top speed of 2 mph to its final destination — the California Science Center, where it will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit. It's expected to reach the museum sometime Saturday evening.

Inside the complexities of Endeavour's final journey through L.A.

Endeavour's terrestrial journey began before dawn Friday when it departed from the Los Angeles International Airport, rolling on a 160-wheeled carrier past diamond-shaped "Shuttle Xing" signs.

Friday evening it stopped, and crews spent hours transferring the shuttle to a special, lighter towing dolly. Then around midnight, it traveled over a bridge across Interstate 405, one of the trickiest parts of its complicated journey.

The shuttle was pulled across the Manchester Boulevard bridge by a Toyota Tundra pickup, and the car company filmed the event for a commercial after paying for a permit, turning then entire scene into a movie set complete with special lighting, sound and staging.

Crews preparing for the crossing had to take down power lines, leaving about 400 residents of surrounding Inglewood without power for what was expected to be several hours.

After passing the bridge, crews began the lengthy process of returning it to the original carrier, before resuming its journey early Saturday.

Another tricky part comes later Saturday when Endeavour treks through a narrow residential street with apartment buildings on both sides. With its wings expected to intrude into driveways, residents have been told to stay indoors until the shuttle passes.

On Friday, hundreds of camera-toting spectators, some with pajama-clad children in tow, gaped as the 170,000-pound Endeavour inched by with its tail towering over streetlights and its wings spanning the roadway.

After an initial bumpy ride and a brief delay, the shuttle pulled off a massive feat of parallel parking by backing into a shopping center parking lot for a layover as crowds cheered on.

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