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Space Shuttle Nose To Space Shuttle Nose

August 12, 2011

Two NASA space shuttles, each on the road to retirement, posed nose-to-nose Thursday (Aug. 11) while switching places at the space agency’s Florida spaceport.

To stage the maneuver, NASA rolled Discovery out of the giant Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and moved it to a hangar-like building called the Orbiter Processing Facility-1, or OPF-1. Meanwhile, the shuttle Endeavour (which was already inside the hangar) was moved out and over to the massive VAB.

“Endeavour and Discovery switched locations — a shuttle shuffle,” Kennedy Space Center spokesman Allard Beutel told SPACE.com. “It’s just a storage thing, is what it comes down to — we have three shuttles and two locations.”

One Comment
  1. Craig permalink
    December 20, 2011 11:57 AM

    This was a fine NASA program.Tons of information was generated for the betterment of man ovewr the years. Too bad the program was cut. Now we have to hitch a ride into space with the Russians and maybe the Chinese.

    Fair well Shuttle.

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