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I visited Endeavour last week; it was my first time seeing an Orbiter in person and it did not disappoint. I have many thoughts but for now I'll just share some photos that I took, please enjoy.

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Welcome to the Forum;  Nice first post.  Nice collection of shots.  It's been a while since I visited her myself.  Visitors are allowed to stand so close you can almost touch it.  But the cramped building is sometimes too close to take good pictures.  Wish they had installed a ramp to view down or level with the ship.  These may be the last good set of pictures as the ship will be making its move soon to the new building.

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I think I would not have been as disappointed about the SMEs being replicas if I was unaware of their nature. But I know that they're replicas, and I think they look poor.

The visible nozzle bells of the SSME simulators are actually flight hardware, taken from retired RS-25s of an earlier block.  The engines are just missing their powerheads (the top half of the engine - pumps, preburners, injectors, etc.), which are not visible anyway when installed on the orbiter. 

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I visited Endeavour last week; it was my first time seeing an Orbiter in person and it did not disappoint. I have many thoughts but for now I'll just share some photos that I took, please enjoy.

rodface,

Welcome to the Forum;  Nice first post.  Nice collection of shots.  It's been a while since I visited her myself.  Visitors are allowed to stand so close you can almost touch it.  But the cramped building is sometimes too close to take good pictures.  Wish they had installed a ramp to view down or level with the ship.  These may be the last good set of pictures as the ship will be making its move soon to the new building.

Best
Tony

Thank you for the welcome! It was a great experience. Will be interesting to see the full stack once it is finished.
I think I would not have been as disappointed about the SMEs being replicas if I was unaware of their nature. But I know that they're replicas, and I think they look poor.

The visible nozzle bells of the SSME simulators are actually flight hardware, taken from retired RS-25s of an earlier block.  The engines are just missing their powerheads (the top half of the engine - pumps, preburners, injectors, etc.), which are not visible anyway when installed on the orbiter. 

Shame on me! I remember thinking that they looked like paper mâché. Thanks for the clarification.

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The shuttles Solid Booster are being transported from their Palmdale storage location to the Science Center.

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Massive rocket motors move to Science Center

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Endevour's SRBs arrived at the Museum site

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Rocket booster parts arrive in LA to stand up space shuttle Endeavour exhibit https://trib.al/hsYOdkr

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They are lifting the SRB's into the center today.


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SRB's been lifted in. Taken from the livestream.

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Currently on a temporary stand before been lifted in.

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SRB been lifted in.

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Some more captures from  the live stream.

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And the first SRB is installed ready for the rest of the stack.

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Local news report after today's first booster segment installation.

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California Science Center // Solid Rocket Motor #2 Installation

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The California Science Center continues Go for Stack with the installation of two large Solid Rocket Motors (SRMs), donated by Northrop Grumman, to create the two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for the space shuttle stack.

Go for Stack is the complex, multi-phase process of moving and lifting each of the space shuttle components into place for Endeavour’s upcoming awe-inspiring 20-story vertical display in the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. This upcoming addition to the California Science Center will serve as a launchpad for creativity and innovation which will inspire future generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers.

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Live view of California Science Center - Forward Assembly Installation



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The California Science Center continues to Go for Stack with the installation of two Forward Assemblies to complete the two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) for the space shuttle stack.

Go for Stack is the complex, multi-phase process of moving and lifting each of the space shuttle components into place for Endeavour’s upcoming awe-inspiring 20-story vertical display in the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. This upcoming addition to the California Science Center will serve as a launchpad for creativity and innovation which will inspire future generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers.
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