Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Discovery Space Shuttle makes way to the Smithsonian in DC

As the Discovery Space Shuttle makes its way to the Smithsonian in D.C. it stirs the souls of many Americans. I can remember going to Florida for a space shuttle launch years ago with perimeter tickets in hand. When it launched, the shuttle became a small glowing sun against the black sky. The ground shook and car alarms went off for miles as we watched the space shuttle go on orbit around the earth. It was a very good day to be an American.

After the Space Shuttle Discovery makes its way to Washington, D.C. visitors will be able to view it at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. NASA officials plan to have it on display later this week. where it will replace the Enterprise which is currently on exhibit.

NASA says that other retired shuttles will be on view at the following:
California Science Center in Los Angeles
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York
Kennedy Space Center (later)

Admission prices as of the date of this article are:
Udvar-Hazy (linked above)
No admission, $15 parking fee

California Science Center
No Admission, $10 parking

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Admission charged

Kennedy Air and Space Museum
Tour admission charged

It is interesting that Space Center Houston is not on the list. I had the privilege of meeting up with friends and spending a day here. Without it, the history of NASA is incomplete and visiting the center is an amazing experience.

When the Space Shuttle Atlantis takes to the skies in June, it will close the final chapter in the era of the space shuttle program. In the meantime, generations can be inspired by the artifacts and shuttles that will be on display throughout the country.