need to explore the universe takes us beyond our atmosphere
into space. But space is a dangerous place. On each
journey, space travelers need protection from radiation,
meteoroids and extreme temperatures, and they must
also have air to breathe. Examine the spacesuits and
spacecraft to discover some of the ways we protect
ourselves from the harsh environment of space.
capsule launched as part of the Mercury program,
which took a primate into space in preparation
for a human launch. The primate, a chimpanzee named
Ham, paved the way for human astronauts to follow.
The orbiter is now on display at California Science Center. Begin your experience in Endeavour: The California Story, a companion exhibit featuring images and artifacts that relate the shuttle program to California, where the orbiters were built, and then see Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.