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Robert Pearlman
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The California Science Center now has two For Stack" t-shirts available:

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Nose cones top off work to stand-up solid rocket boosters for Endeavour exhibit

he work to stand up two rockets for the launchpad-like exhibit of NASA's retired space shuttle Endeavour has been capped — literally and figuratively — with the addition of two nose cones.

As the California Science Center prepares to take Endeavour off of public display for the next few years, the first major components for the orbiter's vertical exhibit are now complete at the construction site for the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center in Los Angeles. Just one month after crane operators hoisted into place the large segments for the two solid rocket boosters (SRBs), they were back in motion this week topping off the towering rockets with the forward assemblies.

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End of year, end of exhibit: Space shuttle Endeavour goes off view for a few years

With the end of 2023 comes the end of an endeavor — or rather Endeavour — as the retired NASA space shuttle goes off public view for the next few years.

The last visitors to see Endeavour on exhibit will be those who leave the science center when it closes on Sunday (Dec. 31) at 5:00 p.m. PST.

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Up next for Endeavour L.A. exhibit: Tank lift and shuttle shrink wrap

The science center announced on Tuesday (Jan. 2) that is targeting Wednesday, Jan. 10 to begin the tank's move. The largest component of the space shuttle stack, the 154-foot-long (47-meter) orange tank will be loaded onto a self-propelled modular transporter for its relatively short trip from beside the California Science Center to the work site for the new air and space center.

The 65,000-pound (29,500-kilogram) tank will then be hoisted by crane above the partially erected walls of the museum and then lowered between the exhibit's two solid rocket boosters, which were similarly installed in December. Unlike the boosters, though, the tank's lift will be conducted overnight, with first motion slated for sometime after 10 p.m. PST on Jan. 11 (12 a.m. EST or 0500 GMT Jan. 12), pending acceptable weather conditions and other safety concerns.

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Looking at the external tank, will a strut be added it to the bi-pod area, also where the orbiter's nose landing gear is located?

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Last built-for-flight external tank lifted into place for space shuttle Endeavour exhibit

NASA's last-remaining, built-for-flight space shuttle external tank finally took to the sky, albeit for only two brief hops above Los Angeles.

In what was originally planned as an overnight move but extended into a two-day process due to wind concerns and added caution, External Tank-94 (ET-94) was taken aloft by two large cranes and lowered in front of and then between two solid rocket boosters such that together with the soon-to-follow orbiter Endeavour, the stack will form the world's only fully-authentic, upright space shuttle.

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Endeavour (under shrink wrap) has been rolled out of its pavilion of the past 12 years in preparation for its move and lift into the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center later this month.

The orbiter will begin its short but momentous journey on Jan. 26, with work to stack and hard mate it to its external tank and solid rocket boosters expected to be completed by Jan. 29.

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From the California Science Center (via X):
Final preparations are underway to install Endeavour no earlier than Jan. 29. Endeavour's lift will be livestreamed. More details to come.

Due to safety precautions and space constraints, there will be no public viewing on the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center construction site.

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Here are some views of Endeavour's final horizontal move from Friday morning! It will be hoisted next week using the original 1970's Rockwell built yellow sling you see in the first photo here.

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The sling getting into position...

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California Science Center live video
Tune in tonight, Jan. 29, as we go live for Endeavour's lift and installation into the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Space shuttle lift to begin no earlier than 10:00 p.m. PST. Schedule subject to change.

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Endeavour lifted onto space shuttle stack for California Science Center exhibit

A complete space shuttle is standing upright for the first time in more than a decade.

Overnight Monday into the early hours of Tuesday (Jan. 29-30), two large cranes carefully lifted NASA's retired winged orbiter Endeavour off a Los Angeles side street into the air and then lowered it onto an already-standing external tank with twin solid rocket boosters.

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What will become of the hangar that temporarily housed Endeavour at the California Science Center?

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According to Dennis Jenkins, the Samuel Oschin Display Pavilion will host a new exhibit that is not aerospace related.

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Courtesy Dennis Jenkins, a view of the stack after the sling was removed and the crane detached.

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From the California Science Center (via X):
Endeavour points to stars once more.

The Science Center has completed the world's only authentic, ready-to-launch space shuttle system display. Endeavour's installation in the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is the grand finale of the unprecedented Go for Stack process.

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From the California Science Center (via X):
Essentially all of the structural concrete is complete for the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center!

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As impressive as a shuttle in any configuration would be to any of us, I can only imagine that seeing a full vertical shuttle stack would be the most impressive of all, and give you a true sense of the scale of it! I hope to see it myself one day.

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From the California Science Center (via X):
You may have noticed that space shuttle Endeavour is a bit more covered up while the construction of its home, the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, continues. Well, work on the structure of the Shuttle Gallery's roof will be commencing!

While this will be a lengthy process, plywood has been added to the scaffolding around Endeavour to protect it during this process. A "dance floor" of plywood has also been added on top of a maze of scaffolding to allow workers more convenient access to the first layer of the diagrid structure that will support the roof of the building and to install various electrical and other systems in the Shuttle Gallery.

The space shuttle stack will remain covered by scaffolding and additional plywood and ballistic fabric throughout the duration of the Air and Space Center construction process.


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