Retired Space Shuttle Endeavour traveled Oct. 12-13 to the California Science Center

Shuttle Endeavour Is Major Draw at California Science Center

Endeavour retired from service in May 2011 and has had a permanent home at the California Science Center since October 2012

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    Space Shuttle Endeavour sits in a hangar at the California Science Center after retiring from service in May 2011. It has had a permanent home at the LA museum since October 2012.

    There has always been a special connection between space shuttle Endeavour and California, where it was built.

    The California Science Center is learning just how special.

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    The Los Angeles museum, where the retired shuttle is on permanent display, had 180,769 visitors in July 2012, before the shuttle arrived.

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    This July, museum officials expect 230,916 visitors.

    Officials say souvenir sales are way up too.

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    Before the shuttle, the average visitor to the museum was a student with $5 in his or her pocket.

    Now it's a tourist who has $20, $30 or more to spend.

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    There's a critical shortage in California and across the U.S. for engineers, especially among young women. A group of high school girls visited the California ISO, to see a behind the scenes look at electricity distribution. The California Science Center brought the space shuttle Endeavour to the museum in hopes of stimulating interest in the math and sciences. Conan Nolan reports from Exposition Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 10, 2013.

    T-shirts and apparel have been flying off shelves.

    Spokesman Ken Jones says 10,000 T-shirts were sold in the 50 days after the exhibit opened in October.

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