Kjell E’s Cool Images – nr 53

The American Space Shuttle program….

….was comprised of one prototype/test orbiter, as well as five shuttles that flew on space missions.

Two shuttles were lost.

The remaining space shuttles have all retired now, and each one has been transported to different museums in the United States:

 

In mid-April, Space Shuttle DISCOVERY was moved by ferry flight atop NASA’s shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center just outside Washington, D.C.
On April 23, the prototype/test orbiter ENTERPRISE was flown to New York City, where it went on display at the Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Space Shuttle ATLANTIS will be on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, in early 2013.

Finally, Space Shuttle ENDEAVOUR flew on September 21, 2012 to Los Angeles. The California Science Center is to construction an aircraft hangar to temporarily exhibit Endeavour while the museum’s Air and Space Center is erected. The interim hangar will be located near downtown Los Angeles, northwest of the Science Center.

Endeavour, built as a replacement for space shuttle Challenger, completed 25 missions, spent 299 days in orbit, and orbited Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles. Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the California Science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion.
Here is a great shot of the Endeavour, mounted on the transport 747 aircraft, before flying to Southern California on September 21.

See image and video:

Photo © Ralph Duenas – Jetwash Images

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Video of low fly by, on arrival in Los Angeles:

 

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