The California Science Center (CSC) in Los Angeles said Tuesday that it has been chosen as the retirement home for space shuttle Endeavour which will finish its final mission this month.
“Endeavour will now become the centerpiece of the third phase of the Science Center’s 25-year master plan and will be a major air and space gallery on the east end of our building,” said CSC’s CEO Jeffrey N. Rudolph.
Earlier in the day, NASA’s Administrator Charles Bolden announced the plan to display Endeavour at SCS.
Bolden also announced retirement homes for the agency’s other shuttles, with Discovery going to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Atlantis to the Kennedy Space Center visitors’ complex in Florida and Enterprise to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
Putting the shuttles on display will inspire a new generation of space travelers, Bolden said.
“People from across our nation and around the world will continue to learn from these amazing vehicles, and the stories of their crews and their missions,” Bolden said at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
“The shuttles will inspire many people who are now just in school to become the next generation of exploration leaders, and millions more who are just proud and passionate about our space program will also now have a chance to see a space shuttle in person.
“I want to congratulate all of these fine institutions and wish them many visitors and exciting programs with the space shuttle fleet. For all of them, take good care of our vehicles. They’ve served the nation well and we at NASA have a deep and abiding relationship and love affair with them that’s hard to put into words.”