Monday, March 24, 2014

Endeavor

Expo Line Artwork by Daniel Gonzales
Last week, we toured the Space Shuttle Endeavor with our besties, Jacquie and Bob.   We had a true Los Angeles experience.  We parked at the nearby Metro parking structure on Jefferson and La Cienega and purchased our Metro day pass tap card.  Each Metro stop has interesting artwork.  This station's art was created by artist Daniel Gonzales. The installation titled "Engraved in Memory" consists of linoleum prints that depict the history of the Ballona Creek and Culver City area.
The Expo line stops right in front of Expostion Park, near USC.  It took about 10 minutes to reach our stop.  We walked through the Rose Garden and continued toward the California Science Center and the Samuel Oschin Pavilion where the Endeavor is housed.
The roses are just starting to bloom in Expo Park

The place was packed with little school kids on field trips.  We were the tallest people in the place!

After viewing a movie about how the shuttle was moved from LAX to Exposition Park, we viewed a few more exhibits about space and then walked into the temporary hangar where the Endeavor is sitting.  WOW!  The space shuttle is huge!  There are many exhibits surrounding the actual shuttle too.  It was an awe-inspiring morning!
Larry, Jacquie and Bob with the Space Shuttle Endeavor



Eventually, a more permanent installation for the Endeavor will be built.  The shuttle will be upright with stairs and platforms to view inside the spacecraft.  
 
Model for Endeavor Display

I look forward to seeing the Endeavor in an upright position!
Rotunda at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, b.1913

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