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Space Shuttle Enterprise Removed from 747 Carrier Aircraft

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At John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York, space shuttle Enterprise was removed from NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) early Sunday morning. Enterprise will be placed on a barge that will move by tugboat up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in June.

The shuttle will be lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the Intrepid, where it will be on exhibit to the public starting this summer in a temporary climate-controlled pavilion. The Intrepid continues to work on a permanent exhibit facility to showcase Enterprise that will enhance the museum’s space-related exhibits and education curriculum.

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Space Shuttle Discovery’s Last Flight

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Yesterday, the Space Shuttle Discovery made its last flight around Washington, D.C. before heading to its permanent home at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.

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CAROLINE, 4TH GRADE STUDENT: I’m here to see the space shuttle fly in.

INTERVIEWER: What is your favorite planet?

CAROLINE: Saturn.

INTERVIEWER: Oh, why Saturn?

CAROLINE: Because I like to study its rings.

INTERVIEWER: When the shuttle gets to the museum do you plan to go visit?

CAROLINE and HER DAD: Yes.

[Background noise of people talking and cameras going off as the shuttle flies by.]

INTERVIEWER: Where did you see the shuttle in the sky?

CAROLINE: I saw it there, and there and there and there.

INTERVIEWER: What did you think? Was it big? Was it small?

CAROLINE: It was huge!

INTERVIEW: Can you believe it’s been up in space so many times?

CAROLINE: Yea!

NARRATOR: To learn more about the space shuttle, go to NASA.gov/shuttle and the Air and Space Museum’s page discovery.si.edu.

For more information about space and science, visit Kids.gov.

Image description: At 5:57 a.m. EDT on July 21, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles on the STS-135 mission and final flight for the Space Shuttle Program.
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Image description: At 5:57 a.m. EDT on July 21, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 200 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,284,862 miles on the STS-135 mission and final flight for the Space Shuttle Program.

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VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Relive the launch of Columbia on STS-1, the very first space shuttle mission back on April 12, 1981.

On Thursday, July 21st 2011 at 5:56 am EDT, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will land, ending not just the 135th shuttle mission, but the space shuttle era as well. Good luck in the morning, Atlantis. We’ll be watching.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

MALE NARRATOR: For the thousands coming to view the launch, the troubles began early this morning. The roads leading to the Space Center were jammed hours before the scheduled lift off. A trip that normally takes fifteen minutes took almost three hours.

FEMALE NARRATOR: It was the second time around but there was no feeling of anti-climax around the Cape this morning. The shuttle had become a symbol. Everyone waiting for liftoff had a personal interest in seeing it go up.

BOY: I’d like to be an astronaut, but it takes a lot of courage, and I’d be scared to go up there right now.

YOUNG MAN: Anyone can see it on TV, but I have a chance to be here live, and I’d rather see it live.

OLDER WOMAN WITH SPACE SHUTTLE HAT:: I’ve seen more launches than anybody else, and everyone is just as exciting, but this means more to me than any other one I think.

FEMALE NARRATOR: It was a carnival a show that will have one run only. But it was more than that. These people were here because they believe in the shuttle and they wanted to show it.

MISSION CONTROL: We’re a few seconds away from switching to the redundant set sequencer. T minus 27 seconds. We have gone for redundant set sequencer start. T minus 20 seconds and counting. T minus 15, 14, 13. T minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, ,4…

Cheers from the crowd as shuttle lifts off.

ROAR of engines.

Sounds from astronauts in shuttle as it comes in for landing.

ASTRONAUT: Everything looks real good. 2500 feet. 40, 30, 20, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. We’re down. Touchdown.  

MISSION CONTROL: Unofficial touchdown time. As Columbia’s landing gear touched the lake bed, Flight Deck’s instructions were prepare for exhilaration.

Applause from mission control and audience gathered to watch.

END OF AUDIO

Image description: This photo of the space shuttle Atlantis was taken by its crew while in Earth’s orbit. At the rear of the cargo bay is the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the orbiting outpost.
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View more photos from Atlantis’ mission.

Image description: This photo of the space shuttle Atlantis was taken by its crew while in Earth’s orbit. At the rear of the cargo bay is the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the orbiting outpost.

Photo by NASA

View more photos from Atlantis’ mission.