Monday, January 4, 2016

Down to Earth

We spent the Christmas Holiday in Southern California with the family.  While there we all went to the California Science Center to view the space shuttle Endeavour.  Of course, I left my camera at the house and had to use my camera to get a few not too good shots.  It was impossible to get far enough away to get the entire vehicle in one image.
I was impressed by the quality of exhibits about the shuttle program that visitors passed on the way to view the Endeavour.  The galley and "potty" had been removed so that visitors could get a closeup view.  

This spacehab, where astronauts could do experiments, store tools and live was also on view. I had no idea it was so small!  My closet is bigger.

Docents, many of whom had worked on the shuttle program, were available to answer questions.

 The plan is to build a building where the shuttle could be placed upright with ramps allowing visitors to get a better view.

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If you are interested in this part of the NASA program I encourage you to visit the California Science Center if you are in Los Angeles.  In addition to the Endeavour there are many exhibits especially designed for children.  It even has a walk through aquarium.  
It is a far cry from the old Museum of Science an Industry that occupied the site in my youth.  That one I never found very interesting when I was taken there by my parents. This museum would have had me begging for return visits.

Find more views or our world at Our World, Tuesday.


Barb said...

Hi Martha, Glad you could make this trip to the south to visit your family. We're hoping to come to S CA this summer, but we kind of dread the drive! I can't even imagine being in the space shuttle for a mission!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I didn't even know it was there! We really need get back to the Golden State some time .

Gaelyn said...

Love these kinds of museums although I don't see myself in southern CA any time soon.

EG CameraGirl said...

Iy must have been amazing to see this in person. It's difficult for me to imagine what it would be like to travel this way.

Powell River Books said...

Space travel used to be so exciting. I remember getting up early to watch all the launches. Wish we could get back to more exploration. - Margy