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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Photos of the Day: Cool Space Stuff in Orange County, CA...

A photo I took of a Delta III upper stage rocket booster that's on display at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, on September 20, 2014.

Last month, I decided to drive down to Orange County (which is only about 20 miles from where I live) just for the heck of it. Rather than heading to The Outlets at Orange (formerly called The Block at Orange) as originally planned though, I instead decided to visit Discovery Cube Orange County (formerly known as the Discovery Science Center... I have no idea why all of these O.C. locales are doing name-changes, kinda like the um, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) in Santa Ana. It's in the parking lot of this science museum where a refurbished Delta III booster is displayed, as well as a replica of space shuttle Endeavour's forward fuselage. Kinda like the random O.C. name changes, I have no idea why this replica was built, nor if it had any use in the space shuttle program (I'm pretty sure it didn't). One thing's for sure, it obviously isn't the same as viewing the actual orbiter herself at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. But the Delta III is pretty cool— One wonders if the Discovery Cube may one day harbor a booster that belongs to the currently-operational Delta II or Delta IV rocket. That'd be awesome.

A photo I took of space shuttle Endeavour's forward fuselage replica that's on display at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, on September 20, 2014.

A photo I took of space shuttle Endeavour's forward fuselage replica that's on display at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, on September 20, 2014.

A photo I took of a Delta III upper stage rocket booster that's on display at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, on September 20, 2014.

A photo I took of a Delta III upper stage rocket booster that's on display at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, on September 20, 2014.

A photo I took of a Delta III upper stage rocket booster that's on display at Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, on September 20, 2014.

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