Endeavour - 02 FEB 2019

I took this image on September 21,2012 when the Endeavour flew over Long Beach on its way to LAX. Now nearly six and a half years later, I've finally made it to California Science Center to check out its new home.
California Science Center is free 10 AM-5 PM every day but parking is $12. Take the escalator up to the left, for a tour of the companion exhibit to learn about some of the 2.5 moving parts that make up the Space Transportation System (STS), known as the Space Shuttle.
Waste Collection System - Space Potty
The microgravity environment of orbit requires human waste to be pulled away from the body like a vacuum cleaner.
Rehydration Station
This system adds hot or cold water to food and drinks contained in vacuum sealed packs.
ROSC - Rocketdyne Operations Support Center
This mock-up showed how engineers at ROSC in Canoga Park, CA remotely monitored the space shuttle main engines for the first eight and a half minutes of all 135 launches.
Street Crawl
There was also a short film showing time-lapse photography of the street crawl the Shuttle and the massive External Tank (ET-94) took to reach their final home.
Leaving the companion exhibit, you go back down stairs and out the back of the building to the Samuel Oschin pavilion. On the way, look to the right and you will see the tip of the 154 foot ET-94.
So close, yet so far away.
There were several "do not touch" signs but since the Shuttle is suspended 15-20 feet overhead it would be difficult to touch.
SSME - Space Shuttle Main Engine
35 of the 51 SSMEs that flew during the shuttle program were used on the Endeavour.
HMS Endeavour was the ship Captain James Cook took on his first voyage (1768-1771). Our Endeavour even took a piece of wood from Cooks ship into outer space.
SPACEHAB
Originally intended to house tourists, it became a module for businesses to conduct space experiments.
View into SPACEHAB
24,200 ceramic tiles make up the Thermal Protection System (TPS). Each tile is custom made to fit a specific spot. The black tiles shed heat, the white, reflect solar radiation. They are so fragile you can bread one by hand.
September 7, 1995
Mission STS-69 was the second flight of the Wake Shield facility (WSF) a saucer-shaped satellite that could fly free of the Shuttle.
May 16, 2011
During its last mission (STS-134) there were 4 spacewalks.
In service from May 1992 to May 2011, the Endeavour conducted 25 missions.

Academy Award Costumes at FIDM - 02 FEB 2019

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a college in downtown Los Angeles that offers courses in fashion, entertainment, beauty, interior and graphic design.
It also has a museum which is free and open to the public.
The current show, 27th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design is running through April 12, 2019.
This was the first time I got to see all the Academy Award Costume nominees up close and personal.
A Wrinkle in Time - Designer: Paco Delgado
Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit
Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which
This close-up of Winfrey's skirt, shows sculpted plastic and paint makes it look as if it is made from barnacles.
Avengers: Infinity War - Designer: Judianna Makovsky
Elizabeth Olson as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (2)
Chris Evan as Steve Rogers/Captain America (3)
Scarkett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (4)
Chris Hemsworth as Thor (right)
The House with a Clock in its Walls - Designer: Marlene Stewart
Renee Elise Goldsberry as Selena Izard (1)
Cate Blanchett as Florence Zimmerman (2, 3, 5)
Jack Black as Jonathan Barnavelt (4)
Black Panter - Designer: Ruth Carter (Academy Award Winner)
Forest Whitaker as Zuri (1)
Angela Bassett as Romonda (2)
Danal Gurira as Okoyo (3)
Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia (4)
Letitia Wright as Shuri (5)
Aquaman - Designer: Kym Barrett
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman (1)
Amber Head as Mera (2)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Designer: Colleen Atwood
Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore (1)
Alison Sudol as Wueenie Goldstein (2)
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander (3)
Johnny Depp as Grindelwald (4)
Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone (5)
Crazy Rich Asians - Designer: Mary Vogt
Awkafina as Perk Lin Goh (1)
Constance Wu as Rachel Chu (2)
Henry Golding as Nick Young (3)
Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Young (4)
Gemma Chan as Astrid Young Teo (5)
Bohemian Rhapsody - Designer: Julian Day
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury
Ocean's Eight - Designer: Sarah Edwards
Mindy Katling as Amita (1)
Awkwafina as Constance (2)
Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger (3)
Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean (4)
Rihanna as Nine Ball (5)
Solo: A Star Wars Story - Designer: Glyn Dillon & David Crossman
Erin Kellyman as Enfys Nest (1)
Thandie Newton as Val (2)
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo (3)
Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos (4)
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (5)
Mary Poppins Returns - Designer: Sandy Powell (Academy Award Nominee)
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack (1, 5)
Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins (2, 3, 4)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms - Designer: Jenny Beavan
Richard E. Grant as Shiver (1)
Jayden Fowora-Knight as Phillip (2)
Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum (3)
Mackenzie Foy as Clara (4)
Eugenio Derbez as Hawthorne (5)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Designer: Mary Zophres (Academy Award Nominee)
Zoe Jazab as Alice Longabaugh in "Gal Who Got Rattled" (1)
James Franco as The Cowboy in "Near Algodones" (2)
Tim Blake Nelson as Buster Scruggs in "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" (3)
Jonjo O'Neill as Thigpen in "The Mortal Remains" (4)
Tom Waits as The Prospector in "All Gold Canyon" (5)
The Favourite - Designer: Sandy Powell (Academy Award Nominee)
Emma Stone as Abigail (1, 2, 5)
Olivia Colman as Queen Anne (3)
Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah (4)
Mary Queen of Scots - Designer: Alexandra Byrne (Academy Award Nominee)
James McArdle as James, Earl of Moray (1)
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart (2, 4)
Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I (3)
Jack Lowden as Henry Darnley (5)
There was also a small gallery on "Piecing History Together" which contained historical artifacts.
Tiara (Great Britain, 1790-1810)
Faceted and Marquise-Cut Steel
Court Suit (France, 1810-1815)
Silk & Metallic Embroidery
Gloves (France 1800-1810)
Silk & Metallic Embroidered Leather
Because gloves soiled easily, they were discarded after one or two wearings. 

Bodice (France 1804-1809)
Metallic Embroidery, Silk Net & Silk Satin
Outside the Museum Gallery/Gift Shop is a park complete with benches and a child's playground. On the opposite side of the building is a Cat masked Angel with her own blue runway.