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Permanent Home for Space Shuttle Endeavor Breaks Ground in South LA


On Wednesday, elected officials gathered in Exposition Park for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Once completed, the 200,000-square-foot expansion to the California Science Center will serve as the new permanent home for the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

The 20 story, three level Air and Space Center will boast 150 educational exhibits and enough headroom for the shuttle to be exhibited upright in launch position with rocket boosters and external tank.

“The California Science Center is thrilled to celebrate this milestone today,” said the organization's president and chief executive, Jeffrey Rudolph. “The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be a launchpad for creativity and innovation to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers.”

Design firm ZGF is behind the project in conjunction with MATT Construction and Evidence design. Construction of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center is expected to take three years at a cost of $400 million.

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