We waited on the top level of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland with a thousand other people to get a glimpse of the piece of history flying over the Matterhorn. It was 85 degrees that day with no shade. It was worth every moment! We cheered as it approached and waved madly at it in hopes that the pilot might see us. The Happiest Place on Earth just got happier! A day to remember always.
This last week, I was invited to relive seeing the Endeavour with my family at its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles by Toyota Motorcars to watch the unveiling of the new 2014 Toyota Tundra.
As some of you may know, the new 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax, 1/2 ton pickup truck that was stock with a standard engine towed the 292,500 lb Endeavour and its towing mechanisms across the 405 freeway for a 1/4 mile in 4.5 minutes. I don't know much about trucks but I do know that our F150 truck struggled pulled our Toy Hauler Trailer camping. The Tundra seems impressive to me. The inhabitants of the Tundra being towed included, professional driver- Matt McBride, Former NASA Astronaut- Garrett Reisman and Toyota executive- Ed Laukes.
The Endeavour's new home at the California Science Center in Downtown LA, is a fitting place since it is housed near the historic Los Angeles Coliseum built for the 1984 Olympics. An area rich in history and a great place to take the family!
I was invited by Toyota to check out the new learning tool outside the Endeavour that showcases the actual Toyota Tundra that towed the Endeavour, being lifted by a pulley system and you! We witnessed Garrett Reisman and 2 five year olds lift the Tundra 3 feet into the air!
After the unveiling, we had the chance to look at the truck up close and talk to Mr. Reisman about his time in space. Did you know the Endeavour orbited around the earth 4,671 times? It was built after the tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia. To get the chance to let my children ask questions of a real live astronaut brought back so many memories of wanting to fly into space since I was a young girl.
We were able to take a tour of the hangar where the Endeavour rests and were in awe of its size. We learned so many new things about space travel from all of the interactive exhibits that lay in the museum! Did you know that the space potty has a camera in it so they don't miss? Yes... this fact fascinated our children to no end! Watch the actual video from the exhibit!