The United States Congress authorized the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in the STS-51-L launch accident in 1986. The orbiter is named after the British HMS Endeavour, the ship which took Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery (1768–1771). Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, and first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011. After more than twenty organizations submitted proposals to NASA for the display of an orbiter, NASA announced that Endeavour would go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
The trip is scheduled for Thursday, July 11th from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A bus will pick up participants at the Lowell Park and Ride at 8:45 and make a second pickup at the UA Theatre in LaCanada at 9:00 a.m. The price which includes transportation and ticket cost is $49 per person. For more information contact Suzanne McMillan at the Y at 818.790.0123, extension 225.