Los Angeles’ famous space shuttle Endeavor will have a new home and museum at the California Science Center in Exposition Park

EXPOSITION PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Los Angeles’ famed space shuttle Endeavor, which once took over the streets and awed Angelinos, has begun its next mission. On Wednesday, retired NASA astronauts who flew Endeavor were joined by dignitaries at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. They grabbed shovels and broke the ground for the shuttle’s new and permanent home next to the center.

“That feeling that I had on the launch pad before Endeavor launched, I’ll get that feeling again when I see it vertically in the building,” said Greg Chamitoff, a retired astronaut who once flew Endeavor. “It will feel like a dream come true. And hopefully it will launch the dreams of many, many people for generations to come.”

The shuttle’s new home will be called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. The center will expand the site by 200,000 square meters. The shuttle will be positioned vertically and the highest point of the gallery will be 200 feet.

“Here at Expo Park, when the Lucas Museum opens and this opens, George Lucas once said to me, ‘You can go to one museum where we dreamed of going into space and go to another, to learn how it actually happens,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The California Science Center Foundation has raised nearly $300 million to reach its $400 million campaign goal for Endeavor LA. The largest donation came from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation.

“You may be wondering why did I do that? Why did I get involved with the science center? I can tell you one thing, it was because of the kids,” said Lynda Oschin, “I want to thank my husband, Samuel Oschin, for making all of this possible. I know he is here with us today.”

The plan for the shuttle is to take it out of the hangar, place it outside, and build around it. The construction should be completed in three years.

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