Calling all astronauts! Coming this week, the California Science Center will be hosting a three-day outer space extravaganza with the opening of the Red Bull Stratos Exhibit. The exhibit will feature the 3,000 pound capsule used by Austrian Felix Baumgartner when he jumped from the earth’s stratosphere and became the first human to break the sound barrier. The exhibit, which runs from Oct. 11-13 also will include talks by NASA scientists and astronauts.
Baumgartner’s free-fall, which took place on October 14, 2012—the same day Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center–reached an estimated speed of 843.6 mph. The Austrian born Baumgartner, who has claimed that “the air” is where he is at home, was a member of a Special Forces demonstration team for the Austrian military and has jumped from Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Taipei 101 tower.
The exhibit includes the actual equipment used during the Red Bull Stratos mission, including Baumgartner’s pressurized spacesuit. The Red Bull Stratos mission helped to advance aerospace safety through the development of a new generation of spacesuits, parachute systems and protocols for exposure to high-altitude and supersonic acceleration and deceleration.
The exhibit tells the story of how man and machine came together and accomplished a mission that required a myriad of collaboration by experts in mathematics, chemistry and physics, scientists and engineers.
In addition, the Endeavour Fest will feature the first screening of Three Nights, Three Days, a new 20-minute documentary on Endeavour’s 68-hour transport through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood. The film takes a closer look at the masterful feat of moving a 150,000-pound national treasure through 12 miles of urban, public streets.
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