For 30 years, the world has marveled as NASA’s space shuttle program took brave men and women into orbit. In 2011, the space shuttle era came to an end, and the shuttles were dispersed across the country for public display. There’s never been a better time than right now to check out these awe-inspiring vehicles from our most important era of space travel.
Endeavour — Los Angeles
A hangar at the California Science Center’s museum is the temporary home of Endeavour, the fifth and final space shuttle built by NASA. In a few years the shuttle will be housed in a new permanent building, and will be the only shuttle positioned vertically — as if ready for takeoff.
Discovery — Virginia
NASA’s most flown space shuttle now resides at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Having undertaken 39 flights totaling 149 million miles, Discovery now resides among such notable aircraft as B-29 bomber the Enola Gay, a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and much more.
Enterprise — New York City
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City is the new home of Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter. Originally set to be called Constitution, Enterprise was so named thanks to a letter-writing campaign by Star Trek fans. While Enterprise never flew into space, the exhibit at New York City’s Pier 86 allows visitors to get up-close and personal with the space shuttle as well as the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, a Concorde SST and more.
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