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  • Space Center Houston opens SCA Independence exhibit

    Juan Diego DelagarzaJanuary 23rd, 2016

    HOUSTON — The operators of Space Center Houston unveiled their new exhibit honoring the NASA 905 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft's long history of supporting NASA's 30 year Space Shuttle Program. The event was held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at what has been dubbed "Independence Plaza."

  • Historic Mate-Demate Device demolished at KSC as part of center upgrades

    Collin SkocikFebruary 8th, 2015

    NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is undergoing renovations to transform it into a multi-user spaceport. In the process, many of the historic buildings will be demolished and replaced with more efficient alternatives. One of Space Shuttle Program’s more iconic elements, the Mate-Demate Device (MDD), was demolished in late 2014 so that the facility could […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: a piggyback ride for Enterprise

    Heather SmithAugust 12th, 2014

    On August 12, 1977, Space Shuttle Enterprise made its first glided test flight. During the test, she was piggybacked off a modified Boeing 747 airplane and glided safely to the floor of the Mojave Desert. Enterprise, the first orbiter built for the Space Shuttle Program, was used primarily for ground and flight tests within the […]

  • From the runway to the highway – Shuttle Carrier Aircraft escorted to new home at Space Center Houston

    Nathan MoellerMay 1st, 2014

    For nearly 18 months, the Boeing 747 which carried NASA’s space shuttle orbiters for more than three decades – was a common sight to Clear Lake residents, as the aircraft sat dormant at Ellington Field. This week, however, they got a very unique look at the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or “SCA” as she rolled by their front […]

  • Space Center Houston steels itself for NASA 905’s ‘Big Move’

    Nathan MoellerApril 28th, 2014

    HOUSTON, TX — The Boeing 747 is a mighty machine, one which was built to fly, not drive down an urban highway.  But the latter is exactly what NASA’s famous 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will be doing tonight.  A 1,000-foot convoy of aircraft fuselage, wings, stabilizers and other plane parts will roll down Highway 3 in the Clear […]

  • Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA 905 meets its end – and a new beginning

    Nathan MoellerFebruary 28th, 2014

    The end of an aircraft’s operational life is rarely pleasant.  Most are sold to scrapping companies, which reduce them to spare parts and bricks of aluminum to be recycled later.  Others are sent to a boneyard in Arizona to await a similar fate. Thankfully, that won’t be the case for NASA’s famous 747 Shuttle Carrier […]

  • NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft prepares for new role

    Nathan MoellerDecember 18th, 2013

    HOUSTON, Tex, — December 18th marks the first anniversary of the final flight of one of the most recognizable aircraft in aviation history.  The iconic NASA 905, a modified Boeing 747-100 which for more than three decades ferried the space shuttle orbiters, along with the flight test article of the orbiter, Enterprise – made her […]