They wanted to know how many gold balls were hanging from the ceiling. So they started ESTIMATING in groups of 10 to try and figure it out. How cute is that?
Once we got into the museum, the kids saw a short video of how the Endeavour was delivered to the museum through the streets of Los Angeles. An amazing feat in itself, I must say! The kids also got to experience what Mission Control looked like.
And then... the big moment arrived when we walked into the hanger to see this incredible sight!
I'm not sure if the kids REALLY understood how amazing it was to see this enormous object that had traveled into space so many times. It is massive! It was crazy to see each individual hand crafted heat tile, up close and personal! They were surprised that there was only a little hatch to get in and out of the shuttle. They were expecting a door to open like in a regular airplane. They were also surprised how beat up and mangled it looked. It wasn't all "pretty and shiny" as they put it. All in all, the kids loved it! They were completely wiped out by the end of the day. The bus ride home was very quiet compared to the way there!
If you are in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend this experience. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity!