AUGUST 19th, 2014


This month at our monthly workshop (#36!) EVD was treated to yet another interesting event in the life space shuttle Endeavour as the orbiter was opened to remove her water tanks. Project manager Dennis Jenkins posted the following newsletter refereeing to this procedure:


Greetings from Los Angeles,


The International Space Station Program requested the potable water tanks from Atlantis and Endeavour for possible future use aboard ISS. The OV-104 tanks were removed in May; OV-105 gave up her tanks this week. Here are some photos of the operation. Mark Kelly (STS-134 CDR) and Drew Feustel  (STS-134 MS3) made guest appearances while the ship was open. The removal has no affect on the outer mold line so nobody will ever know they are missing.


A great crew came from KSC to perform the work. They treated the ship with the care and respect she deserves.


CollectSPACE ran a nice article


We are proceeding with the design of the new building and planning for stacking OV-105 with ET-94 and a set of boosters. Two years and counting …


Click here for more information.

© California Science Center

© California Science Center

July 2015

Build Ranger Project

This summer, volunteers have been meeting at the California Science Center several days a week to restore a Ranger spacecraft using parts from various unflown engineering models. The students, engineers, retirees and space enthusiasts (ages 18-80), are led by Bob Conover, the Assembly Manager on the Ranger Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 50 years ago. Together they are carefully sorting, cleaning, painting and assembling a replica of Ranger 7 that will be displayed in the new Samuel Oschin Air & Space Center. The team is also documenting the project; check out #buildranger on Twitter, student Kat Heiden’s website with history and interviews  and photographer Curt Mason’s beautiful images.


Click through for more about Build Ranger.


Volunteers led by Bob Conover (middle) install a heat shield on the bottom of Ranger’s bus. Photo: Curt Mason


DECEMBER 15th, 2014


OCTOBER 10th, 2014

Go For Payload

This week the California Science Center took a major step in preparing space shuttle Endeavour for permanent display in the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. In a highly coordinated series of events the center dubbed Go For Payload, the doors of the payload bay were carefully opened and various equipment installed, including a replica airlock and flown SPACEHAB, a module that extended work and living space for astronauts. Go For Payload activities will continue until the end of October, at which point the doors will be closed again for several years. When the new center opens in 2018, Endeavour will be displayed in a vertical launch position with one of the doors open. "Being able to see inside the shuttle is essential for Endeavour's enduring mission of advancing science learning," notes California Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph.


Click here for local news coverage, or here for more images in our Work in Progress section. And BRAVO to the team at CSC!

Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2014

Commanding Endeavour

During our last trip to California, the EVD team got to go INSIDE Endeavour’s middeck and flight deck – what a thrill! We poked all around the tight quarters, took loads of pictures of ourselves and the detailed instrumentation and hardware, and asked a million questions of our tour guides, former NASA engineers who are currently repopulating the shuttle with artifacts that will be visible when the Endeavour moves to its permanent home in the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.  You can see more images from our early morning adventure here. Thank you Dennis and the team at CSC for the amazing opportunity to play astronaut.


MAY 19th, 2014

2014 annual muse awards

Hosted by Nik Honeysett, former chair of the Media and Technology Network, representatives of the Future Energy Chicago team spent an evening of irreverence and celebration at the 25th Annual MUSE awards at this year’s AAM.  Shari Berman of EVD shared the event and the Gold MUSE Award with our partner in all things daring and bold, Kurt Haunfelner, Vice President of Exhibits and Collections at MSI Chicago, along with Abbey Palmer of Potion Design. (You may not have recognized us in our disguises.)



We’d like to give a shout out to Mike and Doug of Awkward Family Photos. Highlights from their hugely popular website warmed up the crowd. We are now enlightened and will visit often.

© 2014 MUSE awards, Media & Technology Professional Network, American Alliance of Museums

MAY 19th, 2014

Gold MUSE Award for Future Energy Chicago

Congratulations to the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago!!! Last night at the American Alliance of Museum’s annual conference, Future Energy Chicago won a Gold MUSE award, which recognizes an institution that uses Media and Technology to enhance an experience and engage an audience. “[T]he Muse awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness.”We are proud to have been a part of Future Energy Chicago from the beginning, collaborating the MSI team, media partners Potion Design and Donna Lawrence Productions, as well as multiple specialty consultants, to create this unique exhibit experience that uses media, interactive technology and collaborative gaming to imagine our energy future. Bravo everyone!


April 17th, 2014

InPark Magazine Profiles Future Energy

Check out the nice article in InPark Magazine on Future Energy Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.

Photo: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

March 21st, 2014

Inside Endeavour

This week our friends at the California Science Center opened up Endeavour, climbing through the hatch to reconfigure some payload bay items and repopulate the mid deck with lockers seats, cargo bags, and the escape pole. Now to fill that payload bay…

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© California Science Center