Posts Tagged ‘California Science Center’

Space Shuttle Atlantis’ Final Flight and the Fleet’s Museum Duty Prep

July 12, 2011

On July 8th, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis took off on its last mission, STS-135NASA prepared extensively for the final 13-day flight that will close out the Space Shuttle Program.  Atlantis was moved to its launch pad at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 31, and lifted off on July 8 at 11:29 A.M. EDT (1529 GMT).  The shuttle rolled out to the launch pad just hours before its sister ship, Space Shuttle Endeavour, landed early morning on June 1, wrapping up STS-134, its own final mission: a 16-day delivery flight to the International Space Station.  The four-person astronaut crew has worked extremely hard to prepare for Atlantis’, and the Space Shuttle Program’s, last mission.

STS-135 marks the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Space Shuttle Program. The Space Shuttles must undergo extensive preparations before assuming museum duty.Many of you may be wondering what will happen to all the space shuttles after this last launch.  Well, the space shuttles are getting ready for their second lives as museum pieces.  The shuttles themselves will go through a lengthy clean-up process before they’re ready for their public debuts.  When a shuttle lands, it’s covered in hazards: liquid hydrogen and oxygen for fuel, ammonia for coolant, and live pyrotechnics for blowing out emergency escape windows.  “We have to remove those chemical hazards so that when it’s in a museum, the public can walk up to it without risk of things outgassing or dripping,” said NASA flow director Stephanie Stilson, who oversaw all the post-flight checkups and pre-flight preparations for Discovery’s last 11 trips to space and is now getting the remaining space shuttles ready for retirement.  Because of these space shuttles, we have been able to make many advances in science and technology.

Once the space shuttles are prepared and deemed safe for public viewing, we can view these magnificent space vehicles at museums around the country.  Space Shuttle Discovery will be located at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center just outside Washington, D.C.  Space Shuttle Endeavour will be located at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  Space Shuttle Atlantis will be located at the Kennedy Space Center just outside Orlando, Florida.

Watch the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, which took place on July 8, 2011.

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Joie Montoya

Top Ten Prom Locations in Los Angeles

April 28, 2011

Prom night can mean a lot to people in high school.  It is a big part of your high school career, the one night many look forward to in their senior or junior year.  Finding the right tuxedo, dress, limo, corsage, boutonniere, and date is all up to you.  Finding a great location is up to the school.  With a little research, I found out the top ten prom locations near Los Angeles, California.  Here is a list of the top locations:

1. The Athenaeum in Pasadena (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

2. The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

3. Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

4. Autry National Center in Griffith Park (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

5. The Key Club in West Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

6. The Music Box in Hollywood (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

7. The Hollywood Palladium (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

8. The Bluebird Café in Culver City (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

9. The Castaway in Burbank (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

10. California Science Center in Los Angeles (map | street view)

The large number of public and private venues in Southern California could make it difficult for high school prom organizers to choose a location. Here are ten popular prom locations in and around the Los Angeles area.

These ten places have gotten the best reviews in the Los Angeles area.  Most of these places also have concerts and shows so they are made to have fun parties for prom.  With decorations and music, these places become part of the prom night dream.

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Taylor P.

Gabrielle Giffords to be at the Final Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

April 27, 2011

Arizona Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in the head on January 8, 2011 and has been in recovery ever since.  She has recovered at an unprecedented rate and is expected to be at the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor in Cape Canaveral, Florida which her husband, Mark Kelly, is commanding, on Friday.  Giffords is said to be slowly regaining her speech, and she can even walk short distances.  Despite sustaining an injury that is typically fatal in most cases, doctors are amazed at how well she is doing in this short time span.

Dr. Dong Kim explained that there is no medical reason that would stop her from traveling safely to Florida to be at the final launch with her husband.  The flight will last fourteen days and takes off at 3:47 PM on Friday, April 29, 2011.  It will be NASA’s 134th mission and the Endeavor’s 25th and final flight.  After the Endeavor safely returns to Earth, it will be put on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.  Giffords is said to be perfectly fine with her husband taking off on this flight.  Mark Kelly said he wouldn’t be going without her consent; however, her speedy recovery reassures him that she will be fine.

Update: The scheduled April 29 flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was “scuttled after a heater in one of the ship’s hydraulic power generators failed”, was duly rescheduled.  On May 16, 2011, at 8:56AM EDT, Endeavour took off for NASA’s penultimate shuttle flight.

Watch the maiden voyage of Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-49, which took place on May 7, 1992.

National Geographic has posted a small sample of photos featuring the shuttle, each one breathtaking in their own right.

Space Shuttle Pictures: 12 Endeavour Images to Remember

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Taylor P.

Where is the Space Shuttle Endeavour Headed?

April 21, 2011

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.

NASA's Space Shuttle Program is ending in 2011 with Space Shuttle Endeavour's and Atlantis' 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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Joie Montoya