After 20 years, 24 missions and 115 million miles, the space shuttle Endeavor, built in Palmdale, will return to Southern California to a new home at the California Science Center. The youngest of the five Orbiter space shuttles, Endeavor was built to replace the Challenger, which exploded on launch in 1986.
The California Science Center has a gallery dedicated to air and space artifacts which will most likely be relocated to the new building that will be constructed to house the Endeavor. The museum estimates that it will take $30 million in construction and transportation to get the shuttle on display.
Some records set to date by the Endeavor include the longest shuttle flight, the only mission with a 3-person space walk, the most space walks on a shuttle mission, the longest space walk and the longest space walk by a female astronaut. Endeavor also hosted the first African American female astronaut, flew the first US international space station assembly mission. the Endeavor was the first space shuttle to use a drag chute during landing.
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