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747 Shuttle Carrier

 

747 Shuttle Carrier Makes Big Move to Space Center Houston

To save the largest shuttle era icon, it will have to be taken apart, relocated and reassembled

 

HOUSTON, April 15, 2014 – To safely move 318,000 pounds of aircraft parts nearly eight miles it will take more than a determined education foundation; in fact Space Center Houston is teaming with 30 public, private and government agencies to “bring the legacy home” -- many of whom offered their services at little or no charge.

 

“Even in a state as big as Texas, a move of this size is unprecedented,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “This massive exhibit will celebrate American ingenuity and create an international icon highlighting Houston’s leadership role as Space City, USA.”

 

The Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and space shuttle replica Independence will be joined to become an international landmark, opening in 2015. The attraction will stand over eight stories tall and feature interactive educational exhibits inside the shuttle and jumbo jet. Visitors will enter the shuttle while it is mounted in the ferry configuration over 60 feet off the ground – an experience unique in the world. The exhibit will explore the remarkable history of the shuttle program and how it is shaping current NASA initiatives to explore asteroids, the moon, Mars and beyond.

 

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Space Center Houston is located at:
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