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California Science Center donation received for shuttle exhibit

Shuttle Endeavour

May 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A major gift given to the California Science Center will help build a permanent exhibit for the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The gift came from the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation.

The Center isn't saying just how much it received, but it is naming the exhibit the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.

"It's not enough to get wealthy, to be powerful, to be famous. If you're not giving back, it's just a waste," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Center says it's nearly halfway to reaching its goal of raising the $200 million needed to build a permanent exhibit for the shuttle.

Until it's completed, Endeavor will be housed in a temporary exhibit. The shuttle will arrive in Los Angeles in September.