Currently sitting here downing a cup of coffee just trying to stay awake because this morning we were up bright and early. When I say “bright and early” I am talking like 6:30 am, which for this momma, may as well have been 4 am. I am not an early riser so for me to get up at that time it has to be for something special. Which was exactly the case because today we went to check out the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center!

I know I am like 5 years late, but hey, better late than never.

Anyways we arrived at the Science Center just as it was opening, which was great because the hoards of summer camps were just beginning to accumulate (just a little FYI for anyone planning to go this summer).

As soon as we walked in we headed straight for the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit because Hayden and I have a tiny obsession with Space at the moment. Plus, since her Daddy once worked at an aerospace company, Hayden was a bit curious to see what space technology was all about.  

Before you actually view the Endeavour you walk through an interactive exhibit called “Endeavour Together: parts & people.”  This little exhibition highlights all the working parts and people that it takes to make a successful space shuttle program. Through displays, video, audio, and super friendly and informative Volunteers like Buddy, who was so kind to lend us some knowledge, visitors receive a comprehensive history of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from start to finish. 

Once you have your fill of information, you are then directed toward the Samuel Oschin Pavilion (aka home of the Endeavour).

While I could go on and on about how cool and interesting I thought the Space Shuttle Endeavour was, I figured why not ask the little girl who was most interested in it all.

Here is Hayden’s point of view:

Was the Space Shuttle Endeavour as big as you thought it was going to be?

“Yeah, I thought it was going to be that big.”

What was your favorite part of the exhibition?

“My favorite part was looking at all the stuff that was inside the space shuttle.  It was cool to see how they fit all the parts in there and how it opened up.”

Should other kids go see the Space Shuttle Endeavour? Why?

“Well, yeah to like learn and see what kind of stuff there is and learn about the science. Also, to see what kind of stuff that was in space.”

What is one thing you learned today?

“Pretty good question, hmm…Well, it fit that many people.” (6-8 people we were told)

“And it’s a girl’s club too!” (Per the conversation we had with Buddy the volunteer about the mission control center and how both men and women work there.)

Most importantly, did you have fun today?!

“Yes, it was a good day!”

So there you have it. Hayden’s breakdown of the Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition. So glad that she had a good time and actually learned a thing or two!

As for myself, seeing a space shuttle up close and personal really was a bit of an awe-inspiring moment. Just to think that this huge shuttle broke through our atmosphere and actually orbited the earth was completely fascinating. Considering I grew up watching PBS NOVA documentaries on space and I’m a bit of a sci-fi nerd (I LOVE STAR WARS), seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavour was the next best thing to actually traveling up there. 

Of course, as soon as I got home I wanted to break out my Star Wars DVDs and have a little sci-fi marathon. Then I remembered that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets debut tomorrow! I’ve seen a few billboards around town and I watched the trailer and the visuals look spectacular! It is definitely a movie I would love to see in IMAX 3D in order to get a more immersive experience. Kind of like what we experienced at the Endeavour exhibit!


If you’re one of the few who hasn’t heard of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets here is a little synopsis:

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline– visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under a directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

To see the Valerian trailer just click here!


If that didn’t get you pumped to see the movie then visiting the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center definitely will! 

So for all my fellow sci-fi nerds who have aerospace loving kids, make sure to drop by the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibition and then head on over to your local theater to check out Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is sure to make a fun-filled day for any and all space enthusiasts!






    • It was a lot of fun! Sorta, they brought the Endeavour to LA about 5 years ago, so just prior to you arriving. It was like this huge deal for everyone. They even paraded it through the streets! If you have a chance you should check it out.

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