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Retired shuttle carrier aircraft to be featured at Space Center Houston

Thursday, August 22, 2013
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The retired shuttle carrier aircraft will soon be on display at Space Center Houston.

The Boeing 747, also known as NASA 905, ferried the shuttles Enterprise, Discovery and Endeavour to their respective retirement homes. Now the aircraft that carried those shuttles on its backbone will be featured as part of a six-story, $12 million educational attraction at Space Center Houston.

"I felt a lot of anger that Space City USA was not allowed their choice of a retired space shuttle. But the lord works in mysterious ways, and in many ways, we've gotten the best deal," U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) said.

The shuttle carrier aircraft is 231 feet long, 63 feet tall and has a wingspan of 195 feet. It will be disassembled at Ellington Field then reassembled.

Space Center Houston's shuttle transport attraction is slated to open in 2015.

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