WEBSTER — The Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that once ferried NASA space shuttles across the country will make one more short trip to become part of an exhibit at Space Center Houston.
The 318,000-pound aircraft is being dismantled at Ellington Field before it makes the 7.65-mile, two-day trip to Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway. The trip begins Monday night.
The airplane will be transported in a 1,000-foot-long convoy traveling only at night to minimize effect on commuters along State Highway 3 and NASA Parkway. Highway 3 will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from Scarsdale Boulevard to NASA Parkway. NASA Parkway will be closed from Highway 3 to Saturn Lane from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Once the 747 reaches Space Center Houston, it will be reassembled and the center’s shuttle replica, Independence, will be placed on top of it, said Jack Moore, spokesperson for Space Center Houston.
The interior of the airplane will be used as exhibit space to highlight the history of the shuttle program, among other topics, and visitors will be able to go inside the shuttle replica as well, Moore said.
“It will be an incredibly unique experience,” Moore said.
“It’s the only kind of experience like this in the world.”
At a glance
WHAT: A Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will be moved to Space Center Houston in a 1,000-foot-long convoy.
WHEN: Monday to Wednesday.
ROAD CLOSURES: State Highway 3 will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday from Scarsdale to NASA Parkway. NASA Parkway will be closed from Highway 3 to Saturn Lane from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.