The US space shuttle Endeavour mounted on a giant trolley is being inched through the streets of Los Angeles as it makes its final ground journey to a US museum.

The 75-ton Endeavour is on the last leg of its 12-mile, two-day journey at a speed of 2mph to the California Science Center where it will be on permanent display. It had reached a momentum of 17,000mph (28,160km/h) during its space flights, about 25 trips in all.

"It's pretty neat to see a spaceship in the street," said a spectator to a local television channel.

Nearly 400 trees were cut and power lines shifted to make way for the giant spaceship to reach its destination. The remote-controlled 160-wheel trolley is designed to manoeuvre its load around difficult corners.

"We're off to a great start," Science Center head Jeffrey Rudolph told AFP.

"Everything is really going according to plan, exactly as we hoped for. We've still got a long way to go, but this is an incredibly complex move."

Endeavour entered service in 1992 as a replacement for the spacecraft Challenger which was destroyed in an accident in 1986. Seven astronauts were killed in that tragedy.

It has circled the earth up to 4,700 times covering almost 123 million miles.

"Maybe someday one of these kids that see Endeavour, look up at it at the California Science Center, will be that person that walks on the planet Mars," former commander of Endeavour Mark Kelly told CNN.

"That would be a great thing to see."

Scroll through the pictures to have a glimpse of Endeavour on its journey to the museum.