Space Ships In Museums

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I've always been rather fond of the Space Shuttle.  Yeah, it was ultimately a lot of money spent for a little amount of return, and took a terrible toll on the lives of astronauts, but I still get a thrill of excitement whenever I see video of those engines lighting up, and a Space Shuttle ponderously lifting off from the launchpad.

 

So one of the things on my bucket list is to go see the Discovery on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.  They've got a Gemini capsule there as well.  An added bonus is that they've got a Concorde, too.  I remember watching the Concorde flying up the coast of New Jersey as it headed in for a landing in New York, and considered it a dark day indeed when that plane was taken out of service.

 

http://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center//

 

I find it sad, too, that I'm living in a time when spacecraft are being displayed in museums.  I'd rather them displayed out on launchpads, with ramps full of passengers at their sides, but hey--priorities, right?

 

I am glad, though, that these history-making vehicles are being preserved for the public, and so I've found a list of museums where you can see America's various space vehicles, from Freedom 7 to SpaceShip One.

 

http://www.space.com/15164-american-spaceships-museum-displays-infographic.html

 

As for me, I'm going to visit Discovery next week, with some friends from Michigan.  Seeing a rocket launch at Wallops Island's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (yes, that's MARS, kiddies!) was a bust, but I'm pretty sure that the Discovery will not disappoint me!

 

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home/index.html

 

I just hope I don't get as teary-eyed as my wife did when she stood next to the preserved remains of Misty of Chincoteague...

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