Shuttle Model Moved To Kennedy Space Center’s Turn Basin

Rolling out the entrance to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, this model of the space shuttle is being moved to clear the way for a $100 million facility that will house space shuttle Atlantis. Photo Credit: Julian Leek/Blue Sawtooth Studios

The guests who visited the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Sunday, Dec. 11 – got a bit of a surprise. If they came early, they saw the space shuttle model from the slowly rolling out the Complex’s front gates – headed toward Kennedy Space Center (KSC) proper.  The model’s destination was the turn basin near the KSC press site, where the countdown clock is located.

This full-scale model of the space shuttle was moved to the Kennedy Space Center's turn basin where it will eventually be loaded onto a barge for transportation to Space Center Houston in Texas. Photo Credit: Julian Leek/Blue Sawtooth Studios

 

The full-scale model was displayed next to mockups of the space shuttle’s external tank and solid rocket boosters (SRBs). These were removed prior to the shuttle’s move. 

The model will be transferred to Space Center Houston. Until it is moved it will reside at the turn basin. It will eventually be relocated to Texas via barge. The area where the shuttle model components were was needed for a $100 million complex that will be built to house space shuttle Atlantis. This new facility is set to open in 2013 and will incorporate many elements of the shuttle program.

Prior to this move, the full-scale mockups of the shuttle's external tank and solid rocket boosters were removed from their normal location. Photo Credit: Julian Leek/Blue Sawtooth Studios

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