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Futureguy 05-26-2010 11:09 PM

Shuttle Atlantis
 
So the Shuttle Atlantis has finished her "last" mission, but is going to be fitted out as a rescue vehicle for the last (two) planned flights. What are the possibilities that the ship could, though not necessarily actually be used unmanned to deliver one last cargo to the ISS and leave her (docked) there as another crew quarters? Or a one-time rescue (return) ship after some mods? Shame to let them rust away from glory sitting in some museum, let her and (the other shuttles) go up and permanently grace the sky they were made to fly in. They could give the station three more good cargo runs even without a crew. Also barring the possibility they could become a navigation hazard!

Thinking out loud.

MagaditH 05-27-2010 07:12 AM

None. Atlantis is going to a museum. Which one is unknown, but that is what Nasa said. All the shuttles are going to a museum somewhere. Discovery is going to the Smithsonian while the Enterprise is shipped elsewhere.

starbase63 05-27-2010 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MagaditH (Post 304051)
None. Atlantis is going to a museum. Which one is unknown, but that is what Nasa said. All the shuttles are going to a museum somewhere. Discovery is going to the Smithsonian while the Enterprise is shipped elsewhere.

The Enterprise has been on display at the James McDonnel Space Hangar at Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum since 2004, MagaditH.


MagaditH 05-27-2010 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by starbase63 (Post 304054)
The Enterprise has been on display at the James McDonnel Space Hangar at Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum since 2004, MagaditH.


Posted today
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...Nw8ZF25hJNwmCA
Quote:

The National Air and Space Museum plans to have Discovery replace the shuttle Enterprise at its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center close to Dulles International Airport, Neal said. Its main building in central Washington is too small to house the giant spacecraft.
It will return Enterprise, the oldest shuttle of all, to NASA, which will transfer it to another museum.

kevin 05-27-2010 10:41 AM

Why not just put one in the East Coast, one in the West Coast and then one somewhere in the middle of the country so that they are evenly spread for people to see them.

NCC-73515 05-27-2010 11:01 AM

I'd like to have the Discovery in Munich ;D

radoskal 05-27-2010 11:35 AM

Aww man..I wonder where they are moving the Enterprise to

Captain Tom Coughlin 05-27-2010 11:37 AM

I know the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space museum in New York is interested in getting their hands on one of the shuttles.

Ensign James T. Kirk 05-27-2010 07:24 PM

I guess Discovery was more than a match for poor Enterprise.

:)

starbase63 05-29-2010 06:17 AM

Thanks, Mag, I sit corrected!!

I just hope the Enterprise goes to a good home...send it back to KSC, or the Huntsville Space and Missile Center in Alabama...

If she goes to the Intrepid museum, that would be great, I could go down to see her, but somehow I don't think they'd store her indoors. They don't even have the Concorde that's there protected from the elements.

Would hate to see her end up like one of the Soviet Buran shuttles that's wasting away on a dock in Bahrain...or the one that still sits in the hangar that collapsed on it years ago at Baikonour, a pile of junk.

2002, before the roof collapsed:



and a more recent picture, after the destruction:



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