I pride myself on knowing quite a bit about NASA’s shuttle program, but had no idea about this unique and specialized rescue team. Love that even as the shuttle fleet has been retired and delivered to their final resting places, we’re still getting new info and multimedia out of NASA about the shuttle era.
Today, the space shuttle-era Endeavour is making its way towards final exhibit spot in California. Check Twitter and online media outlets throughout the day for plenty of picturesque flybys of the Endeavour mounted atop NASA’s modified 747. Very cool.
Earlier this week, at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Endeavour orbiter was mounted atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, in preparation for its ferry flight to California. Check out the timelapse of that mating below.
It’s kind of bittersweet, seeing the orbiter I saw being processed for this over a year ago, now heading on its way. It’s also the last time the 747 will be used for this duty. The last of the orbiters (Atlantis), is just heading down the road from its current location to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Can’t wait to see Atlantis up and close at KSC, similar to how I did with Endeavour, albeit, it won’t be in the surreal VAB, but in a museum-like environment.
Nice short video from NASA about prepping the VAB for the next generation of space vehicles. They’re adding flexibility for the different sizes and shapes of the various NASA and commercial vehicles, along with replacing miles and miles of copper wiring with much thinner, lighter and fewer fiber optics cables.
Seems the monstrous building I got to briefly wander around in back in September of 2009 while at the Kennedy Space Center is getting a refurb — any of which for this sizeable building is going to be well, a sizeable undertaking.
The now retired space shuttle orbiters are heading to their exhibits. Yesterday, Washington DC received its orbiter — the Discovery. CNN did a nice piece with viewers adding media to the story.
Amanda also said one of our friends living up in D.C. got an aerial view of the oribter hitching its ride to our nation’s capital on top of the NASA modified 747. I’ll post that to Keefer Madness once I get to see it.