Massive Rocket Motors Arrive in Los Angeles for Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibit
Los Angeles, CA – A pair of enormous rocket motors recently made their way through the streets of Los Angeles to become part of the highly anticipated Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The 116-foot long motors embarked on their journey from the Mojave Desert on Tuesday, traversing Southern California freeways.
After a night’s rest in Irwindale, the motors resumed their travels on Wednesday, making their way through surface streets in downtown L.A. Crowds of students, community members, and space enthusiasts eagerly gathered at the Science Center to welcome the motors as they arrived.
These rocket motors are integral components of the twin Solid Rocket Boosters that were utilized to propel the shuttles into space. Admiring the motors at the Science Center, visitors marveled at their colossal size and significance in the history of space exploration.
The motors will be part of the vertical display of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, alongside the shuttle itself and an enormous external fuel tank. This remarkable exhibit, housed in the state-of-the-art $400 million Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, will be the only vertical, launch-ready configuration of a shuttle in the entire world.
For the past 11 years, the Space Shuttle Endeavour has been on display in a horizontal position at the Science Center. However, with the arrival of these rocket motors, the exhibit is one step closer to completion. Visitors have until the end of December to experience the shuttle in its current horizontal position before it is carefully moved to its new vertical display.
The transition to the vertical display is no small feat and may take a few years to accomplish. However, once completed, it will provide an unforgettable experience for visitors, offering a unique perspective on the engineering marvel of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its journey into space.
For space enthusiasts and those interested in the fascinating world of aerospace, the vertical exhibit at the California Science Center promises to be a must-see attraction. So, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to witness the shuttle in its horizontal position before it embarks on its new vertical display.
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