Sunday, July 8, 2007

Shuttle Ferry


Credit: Carla Thomas, NASA
Explanation: How does a space shuttle that landed in California get back to Florida for its next launch? The answer is by ferry. NASA operates two commercial Boeing 747 airplanes modified to carry a space shuttle on their backs. Designated officially as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA, the 747s were made for commercial flights but bolstered by NASA with several struts, stabilizers, and electronic monitors. Spanning about 70 meters in length, the two aircraft's combined mass is nearly 150,000 kilograms. Pictured above, the space shuttle Atlantis is shown being ferried back to NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida in September 1998.

8 comments:

Farmer John said...

Boy, I haven't seen one of those pictures in quite a while!

Brooke said...

Wild, isn't it?

The Merry Widow said...

FJ-They fly over Orlando and sometimes go up and down the coast at low levels so more people can ohhh and ahhhh and take pictures!
It is quite a sight and sound!

tmw

Farmer John said...

NASA always was pretty good at PR.

Gayle said...

It's an awesome sight and sound! :)

Farmer John said...

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The Merry Widow said...

FJ-Pretty darn good!
Eyes-You still alive? Or has the computer eaten you?
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

tmw

Eyes said...

CHOMP CHOMP! This is turning into a weekly blog! HA HA HA! Did you see the Republicans were going to filabuster the 'end the war' bill by the dems? I thought "Hmmm, I remember when it was the other way around with Bolton." Remember that? It doesn't impress the voters, so I hope they continue with their 'waste of time' antics.