DOWNEY - The Columbia Memorial Space Center is offering tours of the city's very own space shuttle mock-up every Saturday during two different sessions - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.Visitors can view the shuttle up close during a guided tour provided by space center staff. Shuttle tours are free with paid admission to the space center. The space shuttle mock-up, built in 1972 by Rockwell International, was recently relocated to the Downey Studios parking lot where it is being housed under a temporary tent for public viewing. It was previously remained in storage for decades and the city hopes to preserve and restore the shuttle after building it a permanent housing facility. For now, the shuttle remains under a temporary tent until the city raises enough money through donations and sponsorships to build the permanent building. For more information on tours, or to make a donation, call the space center at (562) 231-1200.
********** Published: September 20, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 23