Over here on the West Coast, Shuttle Endeavour’s final flight to Los Angeles is, well, almost astronomical. Everyone is excited to see it fly above on the back of a 747… and ultimately arrive at it’s new home at the California Science Center in the next couple of weeks. We So Cal residents are lucky to receive such a significant part of our country’s space program.
For now, the retired shuttle will be housed in a temporary location at the California Science Center: the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, in Exposition Park, which opens October 30, 2012. It’s permanent home at the museum is still being built.
Along with the orbiter, the pavilion will feature video experiences and significant artifacts from Endeavour’s flights. Guests will also learn about the building of the space shuttles right here in California.
Buying timed tickets is required – you can go on the ticket information page right now and reserve your date and time. http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/GenInfo/PlanningYourVisit/Hours/endeavour/endeavour.php
Prices are cheap – $2 for a service charge. Admission to the permanent exhibits in the Science Center are FREE!
Families – it is a worthwhile day-long outing. Also at the Science Center right now is a special 13,000 foot exhibit displays artifacts from Cleopatra’s life, organized by the same producers who brought us the King Tut exhibit. Really keep the Egypt theme going by then walking 20 yards to the IMAX theater, where “The Mysteries of Egypt” is playing!
TIP: If you are coming this fall, or any autumn for that matter, make sure you look at USC’s football calendar. Memorial Coliseum is right at Exposition Park, and it is crazy crowded when there is a game – not to mention parking becomes a nightmare.
Get your science on and check it out! www.californiasciencecenter.org
By the way – Social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation.
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