Two Shuttles, nose to nose

Two Shuttles, nose to nose

Two Shuttles, nose to nose

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Aug. 11 2011 2:00 PM

Two Shuttles, nose to nose

Here's something you don't see every day.. or will ever again: two Space Shuttle Orbiters, nose to nose:

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The two Orbiters, Discovery and Endeavour, are seen here outside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Both are being cleaned up and prepped to be shipped (or, more properly, flown) to museums; Discovery to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, and Endeavour to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

[UPDATE: Here's a shot of the two Orbiters seen from the air!

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Very, very cool.]

I expect at some point I'll pay these ladies a visit. Discovery and I have a connection -- it took a camera I worked on up to Hubble back in 1997 -- and it'll be interesting, if also a touch melancholy, to see them up close.

Image credit: NASA


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