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asked 2016-05-01 22:42:10 -0600

Pascal Le Dramont gravatar image

Where did the remaining space shuttle orbiters get sent to after the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011?

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answered 2016-05-02 23:03:53 -0600

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the facilities where four shuttle orbiters will be displayed permanently at the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program:

Shuttle Enterprise, the first test orbiter built, was moved from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.

The Udvar-Hazy Center is the new home for shuttle Discovery, which retired after completing its 39th mission in March 2011.

Shuttle Endeavour, which completed its final flight in May 2011 is at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Shuttle Atlantis, which was the last shuttle mission in July 2011, is displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in Florida.


An interesting side note: The model orbiter "Inspiration" was rolled out to Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility on Wednesday (April 27, 2016), where it will be rebuilt into a traveling exhibit. The full-scale mockup was previously on display at the now-former location of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville.

LVX System, which acquired the 122-foot-long (37 meter) shuttle replica from NASA, moved the Inspiration from the Hall to a work yard in January 2016. The company, which has an agreement with NASA to study visual light communication for deep space missions, intends to use the space shuttle as a vehicle for both educational outreach and marketing.


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