Events

October 31, 2012

Endeavour grand opening at the California Science Center

Guest walk around space shuttle Endeavour after the grand opening ceremony for the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion Oct. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.

A Grand Opening Ceremony inaugurated the Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition Oct. 30 with remarks from Governor Jerry Brown, Director David McBride, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, California Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts.

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen as workers prepare for the grand opening ceremony for the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.

Also present to witness the event, which took place in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, was Philanthropist Lynda Oschin, widow of Samuel Oschin and Chair of the Board and Secretary of the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation and astronauts James M. Kelly, R. Shane Kimbrough, Leland D. Melvin (Administrator), Barbara R. Morgan (retired) and Garrett E. Reisman (retired).
Bill Nye the Science Guy served as Master of Ceremonies of the event which included business, community and philanthropic leaders as well as more than 500 Science Center School students.

A highlight of the event was a performance of “Men in Black” choreographed by the legendary Debbie Allen and performed by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and solos sung by Grammy Award-winning James Ingram and America’s Got Talent finalist Sebastien De La Cruz.

A space shuttle main engine is on display near the space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.

“We are delighted that the California Science Center will use Endeavour to inspire a new generation of scientists and explorers and we thank you for helping tell the story of NASA’s historic past as we begin to write the stories of the future today,” said McBride. “The next chapter in space exploration begins now, and we’re standing on the shoulders of the men and women of the shuttle program to reach farther into the solar system.”

David D. McBride, director of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, speaks from a podium underneath the space shuttle Endeavour during the grand opening ceremony for the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.

Rudolph said, “I want to thank the people of California and the Los Angeles region for so enthusiastically welcoming Endeavour home. Today marks the beginning of Endeavour’s new mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers.”

Villaraigosa added, “Having Endeavour at the California Science Center will serve to motivate millions of young people to dream about possibilities and will attract people from around the world to our great city. The Endeavour, as a historical treasure, will be a brilliant centerpiece for Los Angeles and will assist in our city’s economic revitalization.”

Rudolph also reminded participants that their contributions are still welcome for EndeavourLA, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $100 million, to create the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, and support ongoing programs and operations. Members of the public can donate by visiting www.BringEndeavourHome.org. In addition to making a general donation to support EndeavourLA, the public can sponsor a thermal protection system tile and be associated with Endeavour forever. Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000.

The new Samuel Oschin Pavilion is now open to the public. Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition viewing times are 10 am, with the last entry at 3:45 pm. Although it is free admission, timed tickets are recommended for a small fee of $3 for non-members and $2 for members who reserve online at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

SpaceFest

NASA Astronauts, from left, Danny Olivas, Garrett Reisman, Barbara Morgan, and, NASA Associate Administrator for Education and Astronaut, Leland Melvin give high fives to school children as they enter the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Los Angeles. Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles.

As part of the Grand Opening activities, a six-day SpaceFest is taking place at the California Science Center. The festival kicked off Oct. 30, and goes through Nov. 4. The hours Tuesday-Friday will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and on the weekend from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. NASA will present more than three dozen exhibits, displays, and educational demonstrations honoring aeronautics and space exploration past, present, and future.

Visitors to SpaceFest will be able to learn about current NASA research missions, future space travel, and NASA involvement in enhancing aeronautics. This exciting 6-day event will also provide an opportunity for guests to meet and hear current and former astronauts speaking about their experiences.

The California Science Center is a dynamic destination where families, adults and children can explore the wonders of science through interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, innovative programs and awe-inspiring films. Its mission is as follows:” We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people’s lives.”
For more information, visit www.californiasciencecenter.org.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by TSgt. Nadine Barclay

Thunderbirds release 2015 show schedule

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Nadine Barclay The aircrew of a C-130J Hercules sit atop the aircraft to watch the practice performance of the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, or Thunderbirds, Nov. 7, 2014, at Nellis Air...
 
 
planes-of-fame

Japanese aircraft of World War II

The Planes of Fame Air Museumís monthly Living History event for December is 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 6. Doors open at 9 a.m. The topic this month is Japanese Aircraft of World War II and will feature a Japanese Imperial Navy Aichi ...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis

Executive Sweet takes flight during open house

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis An A6M Zero and a B-25J Mitchell perform during the open house at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 9. The two aircraft were a part of the Legacy Bombers act which performe...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sanjay Allen

Nellis Open House celebrates airpower

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sanjay Allen A P-51 Mustang flies over the airfield at the Nellis Open House at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Nov. 9. The P-51 served in nearly every combat zone during World War II, and later ...
 
 
Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds

Museum moving one brick at a time.

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Everyone can become a part of the legendary history of Edwards Air Force Base by purchasing a personalized $100 brick from the Air Force Flight Test Historical Foundation. The money raised is to ...
 
 
DFRC-anniversary

50 years of aerostructures research, technology highlighted

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich NASA Armstrong Flight Loads Laboratory chief test engineer Larry Hudson (at left) displays the hot structures loads testing of the carbon-silicon-carbide ruddervator conducted in the lab to Aerost...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>