Last week, the Shuttle Discovery was flown from Kennedy Space Center, Florida to Washington DC where it will now live in its forever home, The Smithsonian Museum. I was very lucky in that I was given the chance to see the shuttle when it was prepped for its ferry ride from Capa Canaveral, Florida to DC aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, a modified 747. It was awe inspiring, and bittersweet, to see this glorious shuttle prepped to be sent to a new home, far away from where I had grown up watching its launches & landings at Kennedy Space Center. We were also lucky in that we got to take pictures with the astronauts who flew on Discovery’s last mission – STS-133.
This video shows the process of how Discovery was “mated” and “de-mated” to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. It’s an interesting process to see.
This article from Yahoo! has some great facts about Discovery. Read on & you’ll probably learn some new things about the shuttle. I did!
Have you ever seen a launch? What are some of your favorite things about NASA and/or the idea of exploring space? I’d love to know (& please be nice – no negative comments, please).