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Endeavour @ California Science Center
« on: 02/28/2013 11:59 PM »
Endeavour today (Feb 28, 2013).  A seriously cool exhibit, and free to see (except for the $10 parking, but it is L.A. after all).

Endeavour seems like she belongs in this place.  This town, and its suburbs, reeks of aerospace history, some of it ongoing.  Today I saw the factory where McDonnell built Thor, Delta, S-IVB, and Skylab.  I drove past Rocketdyne Canoga Park, where F-1, H-1, RS-27, SSME, and on and on were born.  I passed the place where once upon a time a factory stood where Apollo was born.  I ate lunch across the street from where North American Aviation built S-II.  Up the road an hour or so is where Endeavour and sisters were fabricated.  A little further is where the sound barrier was broken, and where X-15 headed for the fringes of space.

Not to mention all of the Howard Hughes and Donald Douglas and Kelley Johnson legacy landmarks, though many of those are now just demolished addresses (the original Skunk Works in Burbank, for example, and Boeing is currently shedding office space and workers as fast as it can throughout the region - hopefully some bits and pieces can be saved for posterity.)

Millions of people, literally, swarmed along the route when Endeavour was rolled to the Museum here.  The people here absolutely embraced this machine, because they feel they know her, or they know someone who helped build her, or helped her fly.

But it isn't all ancient history here.  Sea Launch and SpaceX continue the tradition, and Boeing and others are still hard at work on something behind those various gates. 

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #1 on: 03/01/2013 06:00 AM »
Great post, Ed. Did they require timed tickets with a processing fee?

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #2 on: 03/02/2013 02:21 AM »
Great post, Ed. Did they require timed tickets with a processing fee?
There is a $2 fee for online timed tickets, or you can chance it and just walk up to get a free ticket, though that is iffy on weekends as I understand things. I did the online ticket but got there early and asked for an earlier time, which they happily provided. I was there midday Thursday, but this was pre tourist season!

The Center also has Gemini 11, MR-2, and ASTP. And an AR-12/SR-71 outside.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #3 on: 03/17/2013 12:01 AM »
Endeavour Shuttle at California Science Center

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Enjoy the unusual Walkaround of a 3 Story Orbiter, i sure did :)
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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #4 on: 05/10/2013 05:30 PM »
When will the ET and SRBs be set up? 

I bet it will look amazing seeing Endeavour hooked up to a sling and mated to the replica stack.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #5 on: 05/10/2013 05:51 PM »
When will the ET and SRBs be set up? 

I bet it will look amazing seeing Endeavour hooked up to a sling and mated to the replica stack.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #6 on: 05/12/2013 06:51 PM »
More from the Endeavour Shuttle at California Science Center, Los Angeles

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More from the Endeavour Shuttle at California Science Center, Los Angeles during a short Layover.
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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #7 on: 05/12/2013 11:06 PM »
Great video! It made me feel as if I was there.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #8 on: 05/31/2013 05:09 PM »
Space shuttle Endeavour's Toyota tow truck gives California Science Center a lift
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The pickup truck that last year helped to tow a retired space shuttle to its museum display is now part of an interactive exhibit designed to demonstrate how to pick up large things.

The California Science Center in Los Angeles, which now displays the space shuttle Endeavour, debuted its newly-upgraded "Giant Lever" exhibit Friday morning (May 31), featuring the silver Toyota Tundra pickup truck that helped deliver the massive orbiter to the museum last October...

...Friday's unveiling wasn't the only "pickup" however, for the science center: Toyota Motor Sales, USA also presented the museum with a check for $401,300, the amount raised during a "tweet drive" leading up to the Tundra's towing of Endeavour.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #9 on: 05/31/2013 06:37 PM »
I wonder if that's how Toyota visioned their Tundra being used.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #10 on: 05/31/2013 06:49 PM »
I wonder if that's how Toyota visioned their Tundra being used.

It was; from Toyota's Sept. 12, 2012 press release announcing its Tundra would be used to tow Endeavour:

Toyota currently has a Tundra truck on display in a Science Center exhibit demonstrating the physics of leverage. The tow Tundra will replace the existing Tundra and will be on display after the Endeavour exhibit opens on October 30, 2012.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #11 on: 05/31/2013 07:56 PM »
Oh. I see.

What's the fate of the old Tundra?

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #12 on: 05/31/2013 09:07 PM »
No idea, but that Giant Lever has been on exhibit since 2003, so its a 10-year old Tundra that's never run and parked outside for decade...

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #13 on: 06/08/2013 02:26 AM »
No idea, but that Giant Lever has been on exhibit since 2003, so its a 10-year old Tundra that's never run and parked outside for decade...

True. Thanks for the info!

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #14 on: 07/30/2013 09:01 PM »
I mentioned to Chris that I was going to the California Science Center today to see Endeavour and he asked for pics. So here they are.

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #15 on: 07/30/2013 09:23 PM »
Nice work QG! Great pics - she looks well looked after.

Those RSMEs do look convincing!

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #16 on: 07/30/2013 10:37 PM »
I was there too today! It was the third time I saw her in person, the first times being while Endeavour was awaiting decommissioning/transport in the VAB and again while she overflew NorCal.

Edit: Sorry for the photos being sideways. They're from my phone which is currently running super slow and chrashing often. So I couldn't change their orientation. 
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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #17 on: 07/31/2013 02:40 AM »
Wow miss my chance to meet QuantumG.  Endeavor must have been ringing in many NSF ears recently.   Saw her on the flyovers here in LA, the street parade  (LAX to CSC) and recently my first visit at the California Science Center.

Here's my collection from three weeks ago,

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Re: Endeavour @ California Science Center
« Reply #18 on: 07/31/2013 02:52 AM »
Thanks QG for a great picture set. The spacehab exhibit is relatively new? It wasn't there in March, I don't think. Was there also an SSME (complete; detached from Endeavour) in the corner, or has that been moved?
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« Reply #19 on: 07/31/2013 03:23 AM »
Thanks QG for a great picture set. The spacehab exhibit is relatively new? It wasn't there in March, I don't think. Was there also an SSME (complete; detached from Endeavour) in the corner, or has that been moved?

I guess so, I don't know what was there in March :)

The separate SSME was there. IMG_6911 is a picture of it, rotate 90 degrees if you don't recognize it! :)
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