On our last weekend in California we were trying to come up with something to do, so we browsed Yelp for suggestions. The California Science Center popped up as one of the most recommended places to visit in LA. I love science museums so I was thrilled that Kurt and Ezra were on board with the idea. Geek mode ON!
Before we even made it inside the building we spotted this huge torque exhibit:
A 3014kg pick-up truck was attached to one end of a lever, and you have to try to lift it at 3 different positions. It’s quite obvious that the further you are from the fulcrum, the easier it is to lift the truck.
We spent quite a bit of time playing around here before making our way to the building. When we reached the entrance, we expected to have to buy tickets to get inside, but we were surprised to find that entrance is actually free! (Something we probably should have known if we did our research properly XD)
The first thing we saw when we made it inside was the Air and Space exhibit, where they had sophisticated telescopes and space capsules on display
This is a 1/5th scale display of the Hubble Space Telescope
And this is the original Gemini 11 Space Capsule. Supposedly 2 astronauts lived inside this tiny little thing for three days! I probably would have died of a panic attack if you made me stay in there for longer than 5 minutes.
Another space capsule from Project Apollo
Closer look at the door
Kurt took loads of footage of Ezra as usual
There were other interesting setups around the area, such as this optics display
The California Science Center houses the Endeavour Space Shuttle. You probably saw pictures of it online last year as it was flown around on top of a plane:
Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it because you had to make a reservation, which we failed to do. But there were plenty of other things to see in the museum, so we weren’t too broken up about it.
There were also stations set up where employees gave demos to illustrate interesting concepts. I think this was the demo for pressure.
This spiral thing is an exhibit for how sound travels. Two people stand at opposite ends of the pipe and can have a clear conversation with each other
And this one shows how air makes different sound pitches based on the length of a glass tube
We had fun playing around the earthquake exhibit, where we were asked to build a house that can withstand tremors. We failed miserably.