Space Shuttle Endeavour is set to go on display on Tuesday at the California Science Center. After over a year of planning relocation and moving of NASA's space shuttles, Endeavour was the last shuttle to be relocated to a permanent museum.
In Sept. Endeavour began her journey across the U.S. on top of a modified 747 jet specially fitted to carry the space shuttles. Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery also were ferried atop of the Boeing aircraft.
Endeavour's journey included cross-country travel, encompassing several stops in various U.S. cities. After her arrival, Endeavour spent a few weeks awaiting the final jaunt of her journey — being towed 12-miles on a 3-day trip through the streets of Los Angeles earlier this month. This portion of the shuttle's move required difficult preparations as hundreds of trees were cut down and some power lines temporarily cut.
Screen grab of NASA video of Space Shuttle Endeavour landing in Houston en route to final destination California
After a brief delay on the final portion of the journey, Endeavour made it to the California Science Center where she was readied for permanent display. Tomorrow is the shuttle's unveiling after a morning of ceremony, which is invitation only. Once the ceremonies are concluded, the shuttle will be open to the public.
"Obviously people were excited just to see it fly over or even [get] a closer look when they could see it going down the streets, but here they get a lot more of a chance to see it," Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph said, reported the Los Angeles Times. "People can learn a lot more about it."
The LA Times reported, in addition to the shuttle, visitors will also get the opportunity to see the engines that powered Endeavour into space, the galley and toilet, which will be displayed separately and part of an exhibit that includes a video entitled, “Endeavour: The California Story".
Los Angeles Wave reported, "In anticipation of large crowds, the Science Center is asking visitors to reserve times to see the shuttle by going to its website, www.californiasciencecenter.org, or by calling (213) 744-2019. There is a $2 charge for getting the ticket online and $3 by phone."
For the time being, the display is a temporary one as the California Science Center is still trying to raise funds to complete the permanent display site which will be called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. The permanent display is currently estimated to be complete in 2017.