"X" is a hard one, but something has been going on around here for the last couple of days.
One of NASA's retired 747s was moved from Ellington Field in Houston to Space Center Houston, a distance of about 8 miles. Here's the map and "X" marks the spot of the aircraft's final destination.
The Big Move on Space Center Houston's website.
During the night of April 28th it was moved 5.75 miles to a temporary location on East Commerce Street in Webster, Texas. That's where I went to take these pictures. Sorry, I didn't feel like going in the middle of the night to watch it slowly being moved down Highway 3. A lot of people went, but I wasn't one of them! I was perfectly content to see it in broad daylight in this temporary location.
A lot of other people had the same idea and it was causing a bit of a traffic jam along Highway 3 and NASA Parkway.
Johnson Space Center and it was free. We went often. The kids loved it.
here for current prices. We were used to free. You're now taken over to the Johnson Space Center on a tram and no longer have the freedom to walk around and explore. Of course, after 9/11 they probably would have had to do away with that anyway.
Seeing the Space Shuttle on top of a 747 is quite a site. In 1991 NASA accepted the delivery of the Space Shuttle Endeavor and she was transported from Palmdale, California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the back of a 747. Endeavor was built as a replacement for the Space Shuttle Challenger.
On May 6, 1991 the 747 with Endeavor on top flew over the Johnson Space Center and landed at Ellington Field on its journey to Florida. I decided we should take advantage of the opportunity and Reid, Troy, and I went to see it.
It was a Kodak moment.
I had my frizzy hair back then. We all had to get in a picture with Endeavor!
I actually had an opportunity to go aboard one of NASA's 747s at an open house some years back. The interior of the plane is stripped down to the insulation to cut back on weight. It's just a big empty plane with a few rows of seats.
It's all history now!
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