Govt. Shutdown Nixes NASA Shuttle Celebration

  • Oct 10, 2013 10:19am GMT

NASA's participation in the California Science Center's "EndeavourFest" will be hamstrung if the government shutdown continues past this evening.

The event will commemorate the Shuttle Endeavour's journey to the CSC's Samuel Oschin Pavilion, where the retired orbiter is permanently displayed. EndeavourFest will continue as scheduled, but without a government bill being funded, it will go on without dozens of National Aeronautics and Space Administration booths and exhibits.

"This means that NASA will not be able to provide exhibits or displays for the event and the NASA scientist presentations will be cancelled," the CSC website explains.

The festival - beginning tomorrow - commemorates the one-year anniversary of Endeavour’s arrival at its Samuel Oschin Pavilion "with a celebration to thank everyone who joined in supporting the shuttle’s historic journey." The California Science Center is a hands-on museum focusing on science and technology. It is the West Coast's largest air and space museum, and was chosen in April of 2011 as the final home for Endeavour.

EndeavourFest will also feature the first screenings of "Three Nights, Three Days" a new 20-minute documentary of the orbiter's 68-hour transport through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood.

The doors will open for the free EndeavourFest on Friday October 11, 2013 and goes through Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 10am-5pm. The Science Center is open to the public seven days a week, 362 days per year, with free general admission to its permanent exhibit galleries.

For more info, visit the EndeavourFest site here.

Thanks to the Atlantic for the shuttle photo in LA.