Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Two NASA Space Shuttles Head to New Homes This Month

Date: 02 April 2012 Time: 04:40 PM ET


Space shuttle Discovery sails high over the southwestern coast of Morocco in this image taken by International Space Station astronauts just after the two vehicles undocked on March 7, 2011 during the STS-133 mission.
Space shuttle Discovery sails high over the southwestern coast of Morocco in this image taken by International Space Station astronauts just after the two vehicles undocked on March 7, 2011 during the STS-133 mission.
CREDIT: NASA
A retired NASA space shuttle and an early prototype for the winged spacecraft will make their final big journeys this month, traveling to the cities that house their museum retirement homes.
The shuttle Discovery — NASA's most-flown space plane — is slated to leave NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 17, flying atop a specially modified Boeing 747 to Washington, D.C., where it will take up residence at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
For years, the Smithsonian has housed the prototype shuttle Enterprise, which performed a series of glide and landing tests in Earth's atmosphere but never reached space. To make way for Discovery, Enterprise will head up to New York City on April 23, where it is destined for display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum several months later.

MORE: http://www.space.com/15133-nasa-space-shuttles-move-museums-april.html

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