Upcoming Dinner Program
Shuttle EndeavorIn 2011, NASA awarded Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center. In 2012, the Samuel Oschin Pavilion opened to display Endeavour, bringing a diverse audience of more than 2 million guests annually to the Science Center. However, the Pavilion is only temporary. The future permanent home of Endeavour will be the upcoming Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a 200,000 square foot expansion wing with three main multi-level galleries: Air, Space, and Shuttle. When completed, the Center will include over 100 artifacts and 150 hands-on exhibits. It will present fun and immersive experiences for families and school groups to learn about air and space science. A highlight of the Center will be the 200-foot-tall Shuttle Gallery, featuring a permanent display of the orbiter Endeavour, the external tank ET-94, and two Solid Rocket Boosters in a vertical launch configuration. In addition to this display of the vertical shuttle stack, this talk will highlight other immersive experiences in the upcoming Air and Space Galleries, and will showcase the Science Center's growing collection of aircraft and spacecraft planned for display alongside Endeavour.

Perry Roth-Johnson is an aerospace engineer and informal science educator. He joined the California Science Center in 2014 as an Exhibit Researcher, where he uses his expertise in aerodynamics to develop exhibits for the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, the future home of Space Shuttle Endeavour.