The Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. (part of the annual Rose Bowl) is a tradition of the New Year. This year, NASA’s emeritus space shuttle Endeavour will be the leading feature on a flower-shielded float as part of the 125th Rose Parade. The float is made-up of iconic Los Angeles Landmarks, with the Endeavour leading the way. The retired space shuttle is housed at the California Science Center and within its first year on public display, it drew more than 2.7 million visitors.
Along with the Endeavor, parade viewers will also see golden stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Universal Studios’ Globe Fountain and many more iconic symbols. The theme for this year’s parade is “Dreams Come True” which encompasses the celebration of innovation, imagination and creativity. The Endeavor, although impressive, may not be the only space themed float spotted in the parade. In the past there have been several space themed floats including South Pasadena’s “Intergalactic Vacation,” and Ronald McDonald House’s orbiter among others. It isn’t difficult to see that science has an important role in this year’s parade theme.