Watch carefully, as this will be the last time ever this event will ever happen. At the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour was mounted atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, in preparation for its ferry flight to California. The SCA, a modified 747 jetliner, will fly Endeavour to Los Angeles later this week, where it will be placed on public display at the California Science Center. This is the final ferry flight scheduled in the Space Shuttle Program era.
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Am curious about what will happen to the ‘mate-demate’ structure…demolition? And what will happen to the modified 747’s used to ferry shuttles? To be mothballed somewhere in Arizona?
NASA is planning to use the retired 747 SCAs for spare parts in support of the SOFIA flying infrared observatory: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/shuttle_museum.html
They are to be used for spares on the SOFIA airborne infra-red telescope.
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