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Groundbreaking sets stage for space shuttle Endeavour launch-like display

It is an up-close sight that gave astronauts a reason to pause, and soon it will be one that the public can see for themselves: a space shuttle standing poised for launch.

The California Science Center on Wednesday (June 1) is breaking ground for its new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, which will become the permanent home of NASA’s retired space shuttle Endeavour (opens in new tab). Unlike the science center’s current display of the orbiter, which for the past 10 years has had Endeavour positioned horizontally (opens in new tab) atop its mobile transporter, the new exhibit will showcase the full space shuttle stack — including an external tank and twin solid rocket boosters — in a gallery towering 20 stories tall at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

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