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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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    Shuttle Endeavour Is Major Draw at California Science Center
    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.

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

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

    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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    The California Science Center is making good on its promise to replant trees that were cut down during the Space Shuttle Endeavour's journey through the streets. NBC4's Toni Guinyard reports on "Today in LA." This clip is from "Today in LA" on January 18, 2013.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 18, 2013)

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