The California Science Center is advancing a transformative project to inspire a new generation of scientists, innovators and explorers. EndeavourLA is the California Science Center Foundation’s fundraising campaign to create the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center and support ongoing programs and operations.
Plans are underway to build the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a 200,000 square foot addition to the California Science Center's main building, joining existing exhibits and galleries. Long envisioned as Phase III of the Science Center’s 25-year Master Plan, this major expansion will include a diverse collection of aircraft and spacecraft, immersive experiences and the Science Center’s signature hands-on, educational exhibits that encourage active learning through discovery.
The Air and Space Center will feature three major multi-level galleries – Air, Space and Shuttle. As the centerpiece of Phase III, space shuttle Endeavour will be an awe-inspiring sight, towering 200 feet tall in vertical "ready for launch" configuration.
As one of the most significant educational and civic projects in Southern California, the Air and Space Center will be a one-of-a-kind resource for inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals as well as innovators and explorers of all ages.
With the support of our major donors, the EndeavourLA Campaign has already enabled us to accomplish several major project milestones, including the historic transport of Endeavour from Kennedy Space Center to California and the space shuttle’s memorable 12-mile overland journey through the streets of south Los Angeles and Inglewood in 2012. Then, in 2016, the last remaining flight-qualified external tank (ET-94) was transported from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, via the Panama Canal, to Marina del Rey. ET-94 followed in Endeavour's footsteps, through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles on its way to the California Science Center.
Having also secured the contribution of a pair of real solid rocket boosters from Orbital ATK, generously renovated by Northrop Grumman, the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be the only place in the world to see a complete Space Shuttle System – orbiter, external tank, and solid rocket boosters – with all real flight hardware in launch configuration.
Endeavour is currently on exhibit in the temporary Samuel Oschin Pavilion. For more information about visiting Endeavour go to our planning your visit page.