Southern California Program

California Science Center

Los Angeles, CA
December 2013

The California Science Center is building the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, which will feature space shuttle Endeavour.  Scheduled to open in 2018, the estimated 150,000-square-foot facility will include three major galleries with artifacts and hands-on exhibits that will stimulate critical thinking about scientific concepts and their engineering applications.  The Air Gallery will trace the technology of flight from its earliest days to modern jet and rocket-powered aircraft that push the limits of speed, agility and visibility.  The Space Gallery will focus on how we explore the universe, whether it is with powerful telescopes, like the Keck Observatory, that look at distant stars and galaxies, robots that go places and collect data, or spaceships designed to transport humans and protect them from lethal environments.  The Space Shuttle Gallery will focus on the separate components that together make up a space shuttle and the operation of the vehicle from its launch to landing.  Endeavour will be displayed vertically as if preparing for liftoff and visitors will be able to take the gantry elevator to the top of the orbiter.  More than 2.8 million guests visited the Science Center in the first year of Endeavour’s temporary exhibit in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

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