Field Trip to California Science Center to Celebrate the Release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in theaters July 21st. and stars - Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, and Kris Wu.


Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha's seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

So in celebration of the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets film, we took a little field trip to the California Science Center to check out the Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition for our very own space adventure!

Our space journey started at the Endeavour Together Parts & People exhibit - where we got to view artifacts from the space shuttle, see images of the Endeavour under construction, and watch the dramatic video of how they brought the Endeavour home, to the California Science Center.

From touching the tires to seeing (not touching) the Space Potty, my boys got to experience what its like to be in Space.

These tires flew into space on Endeavour's final flight. 

Learning how the Astronauts ate in Space. 

Engineers at the Rocketdyne Operations Support Center (ROSC) in Canoga Park remotely monitored the Space Shuttle Main Engines. If something went wrong, Rocketdyne staff could provide recommendations to launch control in Florida or Mission Control in Houston.

The orthogrid, a large piece of aluminum-lithium metal, was carved from a single metal plate to be part of the wall of a super-lightweight space shuttle external tank (ET).

Endeavour still continues to inspire.

The journey ended at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion - where we got to see Endeavour up close. Endeavour successfully completed 25 missions into space and it's beyond amazing to be able to walk under and around something of its magnitude.

Here are some fun facts about the space shuttle:

  • Inaugural launch date: May 7, 1992
  • Total number of fliers: 173
  • Total number of orbits: 4,671
  • Total miles traveled: 122,883,151
  • Time in space: 299 days
  • Orbiter length: 122 feet
  • Orbiter height on runway: 57 feet
  • Wingspan: 78 feet

But before we left, we visited the External Tank (ET), located outside of the pavilion - it's the last flight qualified external tank in existence! 

Will you be watching Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? And go on your own Space Adventure?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. All opinions are my own. 

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