Shuttle-carrier on its way to Space Center Houston

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WEBSTER, TX – The Boeing 747 that once played piggy-back and carried NASA’s space shuttles all across the country is making its way from Ellington airport to its final destination at Space Center Houston.

NASA 905, as it was known, is one of the only two shuttle-carrier aircraft that ever existed. The other plane was called NASA 911, seriously. It takes a tremendous human and technical effort to bring the machine to safe port.

“This aircraft, that now belongs to Space Center Houston, has been transported in a convoy of approximately 1,000 feet,” explained Gayden Cooper, Director of Communications for Space Center Houston. “The main fuselage is 190 feet long, which is about the size of two NBA basketball courts placed end to end.”

It’ll take one more night for the technical crews to complete the journey. Once in Space Center Houston, the plan is to mount the mockup shuttle on top of the plane. Eventually, the monument will be open to the public for exhibitions and educational activities.

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