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Space Shuttle Exhibits - SpacePod

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For thirty years, the fleet of space shuttles that comprised the Space Transportation System were hard at work doing amazing things in space. And if you never got to see them in person, well here's your chance now, all around the country and in different configurations. The one that you may be least familiar with is the very important test article, Enterprise. Enterprise just reopened at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. I say re-opened, as for the last several months, the Intrepid was recovering from a hurricane that hit late last year. Our next youngest shuttle in the fleet is Discovery. Last seen launching two years ago when she was good and ready for the STS mission 133. [Announcer] Booster ignition, and the final liftoff of Discovery! Now Discovery is being shown at what we call wheel-stop as if she's just landed for the last time and is sitting there on the runway in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center which is part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. Also with a recent grand opening is Space Shuttle Atlantis. Her configuration is probably what most people would be interested in seeing. What a space shuttle looks like when it is flying in space. Atlantis is at a decent 40+ degree angle while mounted 30 feet or 9 meters in the air. If that wasn't enough, the cargo bay doors are open with no help from HAL and a replica robot arm is stretched out right over your head. Many have said that walking below and all around Atlantis gives you an eerie feeling as if you're floating right along her in space, and you feel like you could just reach out and touch her. That sounds amazing! Last and certainly not least, although not quite finished yet, is Space Shuttle Endeavour. This young bird will be residing at the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center at the California Science Center. She's currently in a display pavilion of the same name. Slated to open in 2017, the final configuration for Endeavour will be completely vertical, ready for launch. The plan is to have a mixture of refurbished and replica tanks to give a look of the whole stack on the launchpad, ready for a mission. To me, when this is done, it will be one of the most iconic images of the space shuttle, and therefore most sentimental. If you never had a chance to see a space shuttle launch, do yourself a favor and go visit these incredible machines. Pick your favorite shuttle, go to the closest location, or better yet - go see them all!

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Duration: 2 minutes and 33 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Benjamin Higginbotham
Director: Benjamin Higginbotham
Views: 116
Posted by: spacevidcast on Aug 24, 2013

With the space shuttle fleet now retired, these majestic vehicles have been moved to museums. We'll take a quick look at the remaining 4 (not 3) orbiters, the layout they are now in and where you can see them.

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