This afternoon visit the Shuttle Endeavour up close and discover some of the science behind this amazing vehicle. Endeavour is positioned horizontally along with displays that reveal the science and technology behind one of the most advanced transportation systems ever created. From its thundering ascent into orbit to its high-speed runway landing, the functions of key components — including its thermal protection system, orbital maneuvering system, and main engines — will be highlighted. The pavilion features images and video of Endeavour’s past missions and the crews who flew them. (Meals provided: breakfast onboard our cruise ship and lunch.)
We’ll visit the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles from 10am – 4pm. The Museum is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts. (Meals provided: breakfast and lunch)
We’ll visit The Huntington Library, Museum, and Gardens from 11am to 4pm, with lunch and an early dinner onsite. We’ board our bus at 5pm and drive (about an hour) to Mt. Wilson Observatory.
Spanning from the 11th century to the present, the library’s holdings (SLIDE SHOW) contain 7 million items, over 400,000 rare books, and over a million photographs, prints, and other ephemera (SLIDE SHOW). Highlights include one of eleven vellum copies of the Gutenberg Bible (SLIDE SHOW) known to exist, the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer (ca. 1410), and letters and manuscripts by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. It is the only library in the world with the first two quartos of Hamlet and it holds the manuscript of Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography and Isaac Newton’s personal copy of his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica with annotations in Newton’s own hand. With the 2006 acquisition of the Burndy Library (SLIDE SHOW), a collection of nearly 60,000 items, the Huntington became one of the top institutions in the world for the study of the history of science and technology. (Meals provided: breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We’ll arrive around 6pm and stay until just after midnight for private, real-time observations through the the 100-inch Hooker telescope. Mount Wilson Observatory hosts two historically important telescopes: the Hooker telescope, which was the largest aperture telescope in the world from its completion in 1917 to 1949, and the 60-inch telescope which was the largest operational telescope in the world when it was completed in 1908.
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You’ll personally observe through the same telescope where the first galaxy was discovered; Edwin Hubble discovered the Andromeda galaxy in 1923 using the Hooker telescope. NOTE: Minimum of 15 people required (and a maximum of 40) for our private telescope reservation. NOTE: Mt. Wilson Observatory is at 5,700 feet of elevation and not ADA compliant. (Meal provided: substantial snack on the Mt. Wilson premises.)
We’ll sleep in this morning and board our bus for the Griffith Observatory around 11:30am. (Meals provided: breakfast and lunch)
We arrive NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory around 9:30am for our 10am private tour.
We’ll arrive at the California Institute of Technology (aka Caltech) around 12 Noon for our private tour. This evening join us for the 175th Anniversary Celebration in a famous Hollywood location. Special guest stars will help us toast to 175 years of Scientific American magazine! (Meals provided: breakfast, lunch, and celebration dinner)
As of October 2018, Caltech alumni, faculty, and researchers include 73 Nobel Laureates, four Fields Medalists, and six Turing Award winners. In addition, there are 53 faculty members who have been elected to one of the U.S. National Academies, four Chief Scientists of the U.S. Air Force, and 71 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science or Technology. According to a 2015 Pomona College study, Caltech ranked number one in the U.S. for the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D.
NOTE: Our schedule is subject to change. Our hotel will be the Westin Bonaventure Hotel or similar/comparable.
PRICING: $3,275 pp, based on double occupancy. Add $1,000 for a single. Subtract $1,300 (or $650 pp if two people would share one room) if you would like to stay in your own hotel in Los Angeles (please note that all buses, on Days 2 through 5, only start from our group hotel and no other pickups are available). Subtract $375 if you are a CONFERENCE participant on the cruise. $575 to participate in Day 3 only (no hotel included). $150 pp deposit. If you wish to upgrade to a Suite in our hotel, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org).