Museum display of Endeavour opens to public

Throwing open the doors to schoolchildren and the world Tuesday, the California Science Center's display of the retired space shuttle Endeavour is up and running in Los Angeles.

Just over two weeks ago, the ship made a three-day trek through the LA city streets in a surreal procession from the international airport to the learning center at Exposition Park.

Tuesday's grand opening featured California Gov. Jerry Brown, local dignitaries and museum officials, Bill Nye the Science Guy, several former shuttle astronauts and scores of youngsters to commemorate the event.

Here's a complete photo gallery capturing the ceremony.

See our coverage of Endeavour's ferryflight.

Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News

The governor speaks.

Endeavour rests atop seismic platforms.

A space shuttle main engine.

The tires from shuttle Endeavour's final landing.

Rocketdyne Operations Support Center moved to CSC for display.

The SPACEHAB module that flew on Endeavour twice.

Astronauts Danny Olivas, Garrett Resiman, Barbara Morgan and Leland Melvin.

The actual space toilet removed from Endeavour to better display to the public.

A model depicting the future Endeavour display plans at CSC.

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Space models