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Endeavor at the California Science Center!

~ A photo essay by Jen (California, USA)*

On September 21st, 2012, I stood on the peak of Mount Hollywood to witness the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. After that flight, the shuttle rode through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center where it was placed on permanent exhibit.

About a year and a half later, a friend and I took a trip to see Endeavor at its final destination. We found the Endeavor exhibit to be fascinating and awe-inspiring.

Entrance to the Endeavor: The California Story portion of the exhibit
A look-but-don't-touch display of the Rocketdyne Operations Support Center (ROSC)
Guess what this is!
Here's a top view of the same item pictured above. Yes, it is a space potty. A not-too-graphic video playing nearby demonstrates how it is used.
Standing just below the Endeavor was awesome!
An up-close view of space shuttle Endeavour
The black areas are made up of individual tiles that can withstand extreme temperatures.
Close-up view of the tiles
Another breath-taking view of the shuttle from below
Future plans for the exhibit of the Endeavour at the California Science Center are on display. I'll be making another trip once the new exhibit is completed.
The California Science Center itself is an excellent science museum that is well worth exploring. Be sure to take a look at the beautiful tide pool exhibit right near the Endeavor exhibit.
A cool eel (and a fish) in the tide pool exhibit's main tank

I visited the space shuttle Endeavor in February 2014 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.


Planning your visit to see Endeavour at the California Science Center:

My friend and I chose to visit the Endeavour on a weekday afternoon. Weekends and holidays require the purchase of timed admission tickets, and so I assume those days are more crowded. Our weekday visit was free (aside from a $10 charge for parking) and, because schoolchildren on fieldtrips were leaving as we were arriving (at about 2:30PM), the science center was delightfully uncrowded.