Experience Endeavour

While we are building Endeavour's permanent home, a new addition to the Science Center called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space CenterEndeavour is on display in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion. Visits to Endeavour begin in Endeavour Together: Parts & People, a companion exhibit featuring artifacts from Endeavour and the external tank. Following your visit to Endeavour Together, you'll be directed to the Samuel Oschin Pavilion to see Endeavour.

Endeavour Together: Parts and People

Endeavour Together: Parts & People celebrates Endeavour, the space shuttle program, and the people who helped make the program possible. The exhibit also highlights the shuttle program's strong connection to California, where all the orbiters were built. Endeavour Together includes images of Endeavour under construction locally in Palmdale and Downey, as well as artifacts that flew into space aboard Endeavour. Endeavour Together also features an exhibition documenting the external tank's move from New Orleans to the California Science Center, with photos by Gil Garcetti. Don't miss the dramatic video programs showing Endeavour's move to the California Science Center, as well as the external tank's journey through the city.

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Astronaut Julie Payette floats a tortilla inside space shuttle Endeavour.
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NASA

Galley

Our galley served as a kitchen in space for astronauts aboard Endeavour.

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The potty from space shuttle Endeavour, complete with tubes and foot straps
Image attribution
Chuck Kopczak, PhD

Space Potty

The space potty, or Waste Collection System, provided a high-tech solution to one of space travel's most pressing concerns.

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Staff members sit at their stations in front of a wall of monitors
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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.

Rocketdyne Operations Support Center

The Rocketdyne Operations Support Center (ROSC) monitored every space shuttle launch, from the first to the last, from right here in Southern California.

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A diverse family touches space shuttle tires in an Endeavour exhibit.
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Tracie Spence Photography

Tires

Guests can touch these tires from Endeavour flight STS-134, which show the wear from landing on the runway.

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Nose cone on top of an external tank
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NASA

Nose Cone

The nose cone protected sensors at the top of the space shuttle's external tank. 

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Orthogrid

The orthogrid was carved from a single metal plate to be part of the wall of a super-lightweight space shuttle external tank (ET).

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Astronaut Julie Payette floats a tortilla inside space shuttle Endeavour.
Image attribution
NASA

Galley

Our galley served as a kitchen in space for astronauts aboard Endeavour.

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The potty from space shuttle Endeavour, complete with tubes and foot straps
Image attribution
Chuck Kopczak, PhD

Space Potty

The space potty, or Waste Collection System, provided a high-tech solution to one of space travel's most pressing concerns.

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Staff members sit at their stations in front of a wall of monitors
Image attribution
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.

Rocketdyne Operations Support Center

The Rocketdyne Operations Support Center (ROSC) monitored every space shuttle launch, from the first to the last, from right here in Southern California.

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A diverse family touches space shuttle tires in an Endeavour exhibit.
Image attribution
Tracie Spence Photography

Tires

Guests can touch these tires from Endeavour flight STS-134, which show the wear from landing on the runway.

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Nose cone on top of an external tank
Image attribution
NASA

Nose Cone

The nose cone protected sensors at the top of the space shuttle's external tank. 

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Orthogrid

The orthogrid was carved from a single metal plate to be part of the wall of a super-lightweight space shuttle external tank (ET).

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Samuel Oschin Pavilion

In the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, guests will be able to see Endeavour up close and discover some of the science behind this amazing vehicle.The pavilion will feature images and video to introduce guests to Endeavour’s past missions and the crews who flew them.

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Space shuttle Endeavour lands in the California desert at Edwards Air Force Base
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NASA

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Orbiter Vehicle-105 completed 25 missions into space, including the first service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and the first mission to add a U.S.-built component to the International Space Station.

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A SPACEHAB module is visible in the payload bay as Endeavour orbits Earth.
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NASA

SPACEHAB

Serving as a workshop for astronauts, the SPACEHAB gave astronauts extra room to live and work in space.

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Family sitting in front of Endeavour's engine
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Tracie Spence Photography

Space Shuttle Main Engine

Still the most advanced, efficient rocket engine in the world, space shuttle main engines helped push the shuttle up to orbit.

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A huge orange external tank lies horizontally on a trailer in front of a large building with a NASA logo on the side.
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NASA/MAF

External Tank

The only part of the shuttle stack that wasn't reusable, the external tank carried the propellants to power the space shuttle main engines.

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Space shuttle Endeavour lands in the California desert at Edwards Air Force Base
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NASA

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Orbiter Vehicle-105 completed 25 missions into space, including the first service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and the first mission to add a U.S.-built component to the International Space Station.

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A SPACEHAB module is visible in the payload bay as Endeavour orbits Earth.
Image attribution
NASA

SPACEHAB

Serving as a workshop for astronauts, the SPACEHAB gave astronauts extra room to live and work in space.

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Family sitting in front of Endeavour's engine
Image attribution
Tracie Spence Photography

Space Shuttle Main Engine

Still the most advanced, efficient rocket engine in the world, space shuttle main engines helped push the shuttle up to orbit.

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A huge orange external tank lies horizontally on a trailer in front of a large building with a NASA logo on the side.
Image attribution
NASA/MAF

External Tank

The only part of the shuttle stack that wasn't reusable, the external tank carried the propellants to power the space shuttle main engines.

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