On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, followed one month later by the American astronaut, Alan Shepard piloting the Freedom 7 on May 5, 1961. One way to celebrate 50 years of space flight is to view four retired NASA space shuttles that will be land locked at Space and science centers around the country.
Space shuttle Discovery will replace the Enterprise (which is moving to New York) at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia.
MilwVon recently visited the Center and saw the Air France Concorde, a Lockheed Blackbird, and the Enterprise space shuttle, as well as Mercury and Gemini space capsules. Idler proclaimed the center “gargantuan in scale, magisterial in breadth, and absolute nirvana for aviation buffs.”
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The Endeavor, with one more flight to go, will become a permanent installation at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Manufactured in Palmdale 20 years ago, this is more of a homecoming for the Southern California-built shuttle.
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Space shuttle Atlantis, with one more summer launch, will remain in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex.
Meggysmum reported in her Orlando trip journal that while at the Kennedy Space Center, the Shuttle Launch Experience was a “unique experience. Your seats were tilted back and you could feel the skin on your face moving under the pressure, truly bizarre but memorable!”
The test shuttle Enterprise will relocate from The Smithsonian to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Emily Marie viewed the Enterprise in Washington and said “I never appreciated the size of the shuttles until I was standing below the Enterprise.”
While Linda Kaye stood “on the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, vintage aircraft stand wing to wing with some of the world’s stealthiest modern aircraft… the 900 foot aircraft Intrepid dominates the landscape of Manhattan’s picturesque west side.”
Photo by BawBaw
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