Carrier 747 is being taken apart for its move
The NASA Space Shuttle was the ticket to orbit and the ISS for the US for decades. A series of tragic events happened over the years of service for the shuttle and the spacecraft was finally retired. While space shuttle no more, the US has been hitching rides with Russia to the ISS.
A replacement for the space shuttle is in the works, but it is a very different animal with more in common with the space capsules of the Apollo era than the space shuttle of the 80's. One of the coolest things about the space shuttle was that it was flown back from landing to its storage center on the back of a custom 747 aircraft.
That space shuttle hauler aircraft is now being disassembled in preparation for it to move from Ellington field to a location just outside of the front doors of Space Center Houston reports Chron. The aircraft is being disassembled and will be transported using a giant trailer to its new home in nine big pieces over a two night period.
Once the aircraft parts are in place at Space Center Houston, they will be reassembled. There were some folks upset that Houston didn’t get one of the retired space shuttles. Aside from the carrier aircraft, Houston will get a shuttle mockup. The upside to Houston not getting the real thing is that the shuttle mockup will be open for public tours.