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.” 

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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.

 

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com

(2) comments

Richard Williams

How much is this costing the taxpayer? Things like this is the reason the government has to keep printing money. This project should have been funded by private means.

Kevin Lang

My understanding is that Space Center Houston is a private corporation that has to raise money to acquire and maintain its artifacts. I don't believe that Space Center Houston gets taxpayer funding for things like this. Space Center Houston is in the middle of a $12 million fundraising drive to cover all aspects of the 747 + Shuttle Mock-up project.

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