After making its final flight in April 2011, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will take up permanent residency at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It won’t be an easy transport but definitely worth it to those who live in California. The estimated cost to move the 75-ton Space Shuttle is about $29 million. On top of that, a special exhibit showroom will be constructed at the center. Although the exhibit won’t be complete for at least five years, I’m sure many are looking forward to standing next to this amazing spacecraft up close and personal. The Space Shuttle Endeavour has one last mission to fly but so far, it has already traveled 115.5 million miles and has spent 280 days, 9 1/2 hours in space. In June, NASA’s Space Shuttle program will end with the Space Shuttle Alantis’ last flight.
Brendan Kownacki, director of Strategic Innovation for Merge Creative Media in Washington, once said that the Space Shuttles are an important symbol. “The Space Race with the Russians began as a sign of technical savvy and nationalism, and has yielded dozens upon dozens of inventions and technological advancements. I think the shuttles represent innovation and imagination and the idea that America has a bright future beyond what we see or know or can grasp.” I agree with his statement very much and am glad that the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be placed at a center so close to home. Many worked on making the shuttles a reality and I am proud to say that my father was one of those people. I feel that everyone who was involved in making the shuttle deserves special recognition. Even though the Space Shuttle program will be ending this June, the opportunities that came from it will endure for generations to come.
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