Monday, January 2, 2012

Retired space shuttle simulator to 'fly' again at Texas A&M

Exterior view of NASA Johnson Space Center's Shuttle Motion Simulator, which is moving to Texas A&M in 2012. (cS)
December 29, 2011 — NASA's long-running space shuttle program came to its end in 2011, but thanks to a recently signed agreement between the space agency and a Texas university, one of the winged spacecraft's iconic cockpits will continue to "fly."

The Shuttle Motion Simulator (SMS), which for more than three decades exposed astronauts to the sights, sounds, and motions they'd experience when they launched and landed on the real orbiters, is being moved 100 miles from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to Texas A&M University in College Station. Once there, the hydraulically maneuvered platform will resume work as a simulator.



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