California Science Center  4            9-2013

Close up of the thrusters and tiles.



Here is a good look at the nose cap which is made of Reinforced Carbon Carbon.



This shot is right under the nose cap and under this door is the landing gear.



Close-up of some tiles and note the white and red area which were damaged on her last flight.



This unit which goes into the cargo bay is called SPACEHAB and was used for extra work space. Approximately 1,100 cubic feet, all pressurized to create a comfortable, safe working environment for astronauts and weighs 3000 pounds. SPACEHAB gave astronauts extra living space aboard the shuttle, as well as room to do science experiments and store supplies and tools. A tunnel connected the pressurized unit to the orbiterís crew compartment so astronauts could reach it and work inside it without putting on spacesuits. SPACEHAB modules flew on the shuttle 18 times, and the first and last SPACEHAB missions were flown on Endeavour.

This wraps up the space shuttle visit which I highly recommend if you get the chance. Now let's check out some other areas of the California Science Center.



These two fighter jets hang above you as you make your way towards the second floor. The entrance to the building is to the right.



Also hanging from the ceiling are a large amount of satellites.



As my wife and I were walking down this hallway I happen to see some people standing to the side of me so I decided to have some fun with them. Here is what I said to my wife while we were walking, "check out those big ol' ceiling fans up there"!! The people looked at me...then up at the vast array of vintage satellites...and then back at me. I could almost here them thinking, 'what the in world is wrong with that guy'!!



These vintage satellites ranged from large to very small.



I didn't see any info on this airplane but I thought it looked cool with it's radial engine along with a wooden prop. We sure have come a long way since this was built.


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