NASA Preparing To Ferry Historic Space Shuttles To Final Destinations Print
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:00


On Tuesday, April 17, space shuttle Discovery, the third of NASA's fleet of reusable, winged spaceships, is scheduled to be transported to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area atop NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Discovery eventually will be displayed in the McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.


Meanwhile space shuttle Enterprise, currently on display at Udvar-Hazy, is scheduled to be flown to New York, where it will be displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Though Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter never flew in space, it was crucial to the Space Shuttle Program because its series of approach and landing tests in 1977 proved the orbiter could fly in the atmosphere and land like an airplane, except without power -- like a glider.


Historic footage of Enterprise includes test flights, delivery to Udvar-Hazy and orbiter on display at Udvar-Hazy and the ceremony during which NASA transferred title of the orbiter to the Intrepid.


Historic footage of Discovery includes scenes from missions STS-41D (the first flight of Discovery), STS- 26 (first return to flight mission following Challenger accident), STS-95 (John Glenn flight onboard Discovery), STS-114 (return to flight following Columbia accident), STS-133 (Final Space Shuttle mission- Discovery).


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