Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Ana for "DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER." Friday, July 2nd the "DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER" opens a new permanent exhibit inside the CUBE called the Boeing Rocket Lab. The grand opening festivities have a 4th of July patriotic theme and will include FREE grilled hot dogs all day for guests, FREE American flags and patriotic music by a brass band.
The Boeing Rocket Lab, made possible by the Boeing Company, the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, includes the Blast Off Zone, Air and Water Rockets, Rocket Fuel Station and Nozzle Chamber exhibits.
In the Blast Off Zone, visitors can see an actual RS-68 rocket engine developed by Rocketdyne in 1995, which is suspended high inside the CUBE. Visitors can initiate the blast-off sequence and experience the sensation of what it's like under the engine. Those visitors on the perimeter will be able to view the launch just like an actual launch. This exhibit is able to display the rocket engine thanks to permission granted from the State Department and National Security.
In the Rocket Fuel Station, visitors learn about the chemistry behind different kinds of rocket fuels and discover why the RS-68 booster engine uses a mix of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen - and what happens when they combine.
The Air and Water Rocket Launch is an interactive exhibit where visitors interact with two types of model rockets: (1) compressed air rockets and (2) compressed air and water rockets. At the Air Rocket Launch, visitors hand pump air into their selected rocket. Once the launch button is activitated, the rockets (attached by guide cables) will soar up to 65 feet into the air. Prepare to get wet at the Water Rocket Launch, where visitors select the amount of water they want in their rocket. The air and water mixture determines the height of the launch. Watch your rocket soar - and don't get wet!
In the Nozzle Chamber, guests learn where the cloud of smoke comes from when a rocket launches and how it helps the rocket leave the ground. In order to launch, a rocket engine throws a mass of gas out in one direction in order to get a reaction in the opposite direction
up. In this exhibit, guests experiment with the size of a nozzle opening in a combustion chamber, simulating the acceleration of gases as they leave a rocket. Manipulate the size of the opening to change the force of the gases, thereby increasing or decreasing the thrust of a rocket.
The opening of the Boeing Rocket Lab marks the completion of the first phase in a large expansion project that will be known as the "Space Exploration" gallery, a six-phase, $6 million project designed to enable the long-term growth and sustainment of the "DISCOVER SCIENCE CENTER."
The Boeing Rocket Lab is located inside the Cube, the icon for Orange County's Discovery Science Center, which was designed as a source of solar power for the facility. The Cube is 108 feet tall from base to tip, and 64 feet per side. It is made of 2636 struts (steel tubes 5 feet long and 5 inches to 9 inches in diameter) which weigh up to 200 pounds each and is held together by 667 nodes (round balls anywhere from 5 inches to 12 inches in diameter). These two components make up a "space frame" design. The Cube is supported at three points; one point is on the ground and the others rest on the science center building. These points are supported on two steel A-frames. From February 2003 to May 2003, the Cube underwent a top-to-bottom renovation which allows the Cube to produce more energy for the Museum. Much of the funding and support including labor, engineering and product for the Cube's renovation was donated by San Clemente-based New Vision Technologies and BP Solar.
A unit of the Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.
The California Cultural and Historical Endowment is devoted to telling California's history as experienced by the many diverse peoples of California and is intended to help strengthen and deepen Californians' understanding of the state's history, its present society, and themselves. Since its inception in 2003, the Endowment has funded over 150 capital projects and planning grants that preserve aspects of California's history that are absent or underrepresented in existing historical parks museums.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. It is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advances hypersonic engines. Rocketdyne began as North American Aviation's fledgling rocket engine business on November 7, 1955. The first rocket engines out of Rocketdyne's Southern California factory went into missile silos. They were ready warriors in the Cold War. But soon after, siblings of those same rockets were put into service in a massive American program to access space. Now a global brand, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corporation, maintains its headquarters in Canoga Park and its ties to the history of the space industry in Southern California. For more information about Pratt & Whitney, go to www.prattwhitneyrocketdyne.com.
"DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER" (DSC), a 59,000-square-foot learning facility designed to spark children's natural curiosity, is Orange County's only Smithsonian Affiliate and its largest nonprofit educational resource. Since opening in December 1998, it has been dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding and appreciation of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun. The County's residents and school districts are served by this educational resource. "DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER" now receives over 450,000 guests each year.
The "DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER" is open 10 am - 5 pm, Monday - Saturday and 11am - 5pm on Sundays. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Regular admission is $12.95 for adults, and $9.95 for youths (ages 3-17). DSC Members and children two and under are admitted FREE. Attention all teachers! Teachers receive FREE admission to Discovery Science Center every time they visit! Please bring credentials, ID/badge or paystub and valid ID to verify current teacher status. Identification must have current year listed. Guests who want to attend the Dino Quest exhibit or catch a film in the 4-D Theater must purchase separate tickets in addition to the price of general admission. The cost of admission for the Dino Quest exhibit is $5 and $4 for members and admission to the 4-D Theater is $3 dollars and $2 for members. All tickets can be purchased in person at the "DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER" or online, www.discoverycube.org. Parking is $4, cash only.
For more information, contact:
Grand Opening Friday, July 2nd
"Boeing Rocket Lab"
Discovery Science Center
2500 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 542-CUBE (2823)