You Don't See This Picture Of A 63-Ton Space Shuttle Being Hauled Across The Ocean Every Day

A 63-ton replica of NASA’s space shuttle Explorer is now on its way via barge to the Johnson Space centre in Houston.

This morning, Universe Today’s Nancy Atkinson found a cool aerial photo of the shuttle’s journey to its new home in Texas snapped by NASA Astronaut Greg Johnson and posted on Twitter. Johnson wrote

Steve Robinson and I were flying the T-38 and noticed this unusual sight in the gulf. Not something you see every day.

It’s been a seven-day trip down the Atlantic coast of Florida and across the Gulf of Mexico into Galveston Bay.

The full-scale replica was moved from the Kennedy Space centre in Florida last week to make room for the retired space shuttle, Atlantis. The model had been on display at Kennedy’s Visitor centre since 1994 before being removed in December 2011. 

The shuttle will be moved to the museum early Sunday morning after being unloaded Saturday at NASA’s barge dock about a mile away.   

Check out the operation below: 


Photo: @Astro_Box

Johnson caught another view from the side: 


Photo: @Astro_Box

Here’s a closer shot from Twitter user Jeff Haught:


Photo: @jeffhot90

SEE ALSO: Awesome Pictures Of Space Shuttle Discovery Flying Over Washington D.C. >

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