Decommissioning the space shuttles
A new assignment has been posted on Newsflare to cover the decommissioning of the Space Shuttle orbiters.
For years these workhorses of space exploration flew high above our heads. They made us cry with happiness and sadness, with excitement and fear. Thanks to them and their Russian counterparts, the Soyuz, we managed to build the International Space Station or to put in orbit and repair the Hubble.
Now, after being decommissioned, they will be shown on display at various locations accross the United States. Starting in April 2012, NASA has begun delivering the four Space Shuttles orbiters to their final destinations for public display.
On 17th April, Discovery will fly for the last time over the Washington Metro area before being moved to the Smithsonian. According to a press release from NASA, the “747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Discovery mounted atop will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various parts of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area”.
“The flight, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, is scheduled to occur between 10 and 11 a.m. EDT” adds the release. The Discovery completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times and traveled 148,221,675 miles.
The next one to travel will be the Enterprise in May, which will arrive to his new home in New York.
Endeavour will head towards Los Angeles in September and Atlantis will do the same going to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center early in 2013.
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