A 63-ton replica of NASA’s space shuttle Explorer is now on its way via barge to the Johnson Space centre in Houston.
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:
Johnson caught another view from the side:
Here’s a closer shot from Twitter user Jeff Haught:
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