California Science Center: Endeavour’s Final Home

One of the most exciting things that happened in LA recently was the Shuttle Endeavour‘s flyover the city’s landmarks last September. Like thousands of other LA residents, I went to one of the various sites to witness the historic flyover. It went by very quickly but I managed to snap some pictures for the blog. See post from September 2012.

Unfortunately, I was out of the country last October and missed Endeavour’s incredible journey through the streets of LA, from LAX to the California Science Center in South LA.

Last week, I finally managed to visit the Endeavour in its new home.

IMG_4158The California Science Center is a fun place to visit with children and science geeks of all ages. I went there mainly to see the shuttle and the Endeavour exhibit, on display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. This is only its temporary home. By 2017, Endeavour will be the centerpiece of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a new educational facility that will encourage guests to investigate scientific and engineering principles related to atmospheric flight and the exploration of the universe.

Seeing Endeavour up close was quite exciting. It’s also quite unreal to think that it has been in space so many times. Not surprisingly, she looks quite beat up. After all, it completed 25 missions into space! Here she is in her current space.

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And here I am, posing next to her. Go see her too!

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