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Stupid Shutdown: Endeavour Fest Goes On Without NASA

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To the myriad ways that the government shutdown is affecting us adversely, add that NASA won't be in town to help celebrate Endeavour Fest.

The festival commemorating the shuttle's first year at the California Science Center begins today without the planned NASA exhibits and staff.

As a note on the event's web page notes, "Due to the federal government shut-down, NASA has canceled participation in Endeavour Fest."

"It's had an impact on this Endeavour Fest," Jeff Rudolph, president of the California Science Center told ABC 7. "You would've seen a number of NASA exhibits and NASA staff here talking about current and future space programs and what they're doing. They planned to be here and planned to be part of the celebration, and with the shutdown, they can't be here."

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To fill the gap, retired astronauts will be on-hand to talk about their experiences with shuttle missions, although no list of participating astronauts has been released. A number of planned interactive exhibits will still be available. And you can always go see the astronauts-in-peril movie Gravity again.

Since the retired shuttle arrived, 2.7 million guests have visited the Science Center, an increase of 1 million people, the center reports.

Endeavour Fest will also premiere Three Nights, Three Days,, a 20-minute documentary on the shuttle's 68-hour journey through the streets of Southern California.

The festival is open through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although it's free, reservations are recommended.