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NASA's Space Shuttle program, officially called the Space Transportation System (STS), was the U.S. government's manned launch vehicle program from 1981 to 2011. The Space Shuttle is the only winged manned spacecraft to have achieved orbit and land, and the only reusable space vehicle that has ever made multiple flights into orbit. Officially designated as Orbiter Vehicle-105, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was the fifth and final orbiter to be built. In April 2011, NASA announced that the California Science Center would receive the Endeavour, one of four orbiters to go on permanent display with the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program.
On October 30, 2012, the Science Center became the permanent home of the Endeavour, which landed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in September 2012. After an extraordinary journey through the streets of LA, the Endeavour went on public display in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion. “Endeavour belongs to all of us and was part of a fleet of vehicles that defined America’s human space exploration for the past 30 years," said Kenneth E. Phillips, Ph.D, the Science Center’s Curator for Aerospace Science. "It represents the best that we can do as human beings when we choose to work together.”
Visiting the Endeavour requires a timed ticket, which only costs $2. Another ticket option includes the Endeavour plus an IMAX movie screening.
To help you make the most of your visit, Dr. Phillips shares his thoughts on ten must sees and hidden gems of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Click through the slideshow below to see 10 hidden gems.
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