I was lucky enough to attend the #EndeavorLA Launch event, thanks to NASA Tweetup
and @casciencecenter. If you haven't heard about the Tweetups, they are part of a social media program by NASA, where you can sign up and may be randomly chosen to attend an event. All they ask is that you tweet about it :) This was the first one I signed up for. This event was to "sign over the pink slip" of Space Shuttle Endeavour from NASA to the California Science Center. I'm not sure exactly when the shuttle will actually arrive, but I can't wait to go back and see it.
So come on with me for a virtual tour, and let's see what happened!
|The California Science Center is very cool, with lots of hands-on exhibits.|
|Walking from the parking lot, we see The Big Lever, which enables you lift a 5000 pound truck with your bare hands.|
|Here's an A-12 Blackbird trainer. This was the precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird. To bad the ol' iPhone doesn't have a wide angle lens!|
|I think the A-12/SR-71 is one of the coolest looking planes of all time.|
|There was a big crowd there. For some reason, I like taking pictures of people taking pictures.|
|That group of people in the background is watching the "signing over of the Endeavour pink slip." It comes with a power-train warranty, right? (Okay, I stole that joke from one of the speakers.)|
|Air Force T-38 trainer. My dad used to work on these - he also worked on the SR-71 but can't talk about it ;) Once, he let me fly a T-38 motion simulator. It was pretty amazing!|
|F-20 Tigershark. There were only three prototypes built before the program was cancelled, and this is the only one on display anywhere.|
|Apollo space capsule.|
|Cool texture on the side of the capsule.|
|Gemini capsule. It's even more cramped than the Apollo capsule.|
|Gemini heat shield.|
|I love space suits. This area was roped off, but I snuck in and took a quick pic. Don't tell...|
|The world's smallest and blurriest moon rock.|
|Baxter the Wonder Dog for the Cutest Dog In The World Contest. I don't know how that got in here!|
|Everybody has a red carpet background these days.|
|The goodie bag: Astronaut Ice Cream, Social Media badge, USB drive with info about the event, CA Science Center compass keychain, NASA pin and free IMAX ticket!|
For more info from the other Tweeple, check out #EndeavorLA on Twitter.