The California Science Center is advancing a transformative project to inspire a new generation of scientists, innovators and explorers. EndeavourLA is the California Science Center Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising campaign to create the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center and support ongoing programs and operations.
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About the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center
Plans are underway to build the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a 200,000 square foot addition to the California Science Center's main building, joining existing exhibits and galleries. Long envisioned as Phase III of the Science Center’s 25-year Master Plan, this major expansion will include a diverse collection of aircraft and spacecraft, immersive experiences and the Science Center’s signature hands-on, educational exhibits that encourage active learning through discovery.
The Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will feature three major multi-level galleries – Air, Space and Shuttle. As the centerpiece of Phase III, Endeavour will be an awe-inspiring sight, towering 200 feet tall in vertical "ready for launch" configuration.
As one of the most significant educational and civic projects in Southern California, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be a one-of-a-kind resource for inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals as well as innovators and explorers of all ages.
The EndeavourLA Campaign has already enabled us to accomplish several major project milestones including the historic transport of Endeavour from Kennedy Space Center to California and the space shuttle’s memorable 12-mile overland journey through the streets of south Los Angeles and Inglewood in 2012. Then, in 2016, the last remaining flight-qualified external tank (ET-94) was transported from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, via the Panama Canal, to Marina del Rey. ET-94 followed in Endeavour's footsteps, through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles on its way to the California Science Center.
Having also secured the contribution of a pair of real solid rocket boosters from Orbital ATK, the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be the only place in the world to see a complete Space Shuttle System – orbiter, external tank, and solid rocket boosters – with all real flight hardware in launch configuration.
Endeavour is currently on exhibit in the temporary Samuel Oschin Pavilion. For more information about visiting Endeavour go to our planning your visit page.
About Samuel Oschin and the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation
The Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation has committed a transformational gift to the California Science Center Foundation to establish the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. This gift is an unprecedented investment in science learning that will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators and explorers.
Mrs. Lynda Oschin chose this opportunity to honor the legacy of her husband when she saw the overwhelming enthusiasm of schoolchildren who met the crew of astronauts from Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission. Describing that experience, she said:
“The kids just went crazy. I’m watching those children and thinking—I’m watching the next child who is going into space … because they are going to see the shuttle, they’re going to be inspired by what they see … and they are going to do something in math and science and engineering, the areas that my husband loved.” Adding, “It’s such an incredible legacy for my husband. His memory is going to go on and on. He’s very special and I just don’t want him to be forgotten.”
Mr. Samuel Oschin was an entrepreneur, explorer and philanthropist dedicated to giving to the Los Angeles community. His ambitious spirit enabled his success in a range of enterprises, from manufacturing to real estate development. Mr. Oschin's many adventures took him to Africa, the North Pole, the Amazon, and a 100-mile trek retracing Hannibal's crossing of the Alps. He founded the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation in 1981, which generously supports a variety of causes in the areas of astronomy, medicine, advocacy, the arts and education. His legacy lives on through the work of the Foundation.
The California Science Center Foundation is deeply grateful to the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation for their tremendous support. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to the EndeavourLA Campaign, and especially to our major donors.