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Endeavor who? Our space shuttle opens for viewing Nov. 10

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2012 at 9:52 am |
October 16, 2012 9:52 am

You’ve seen the non-stop coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s arrival in Los Angeles: The hundreds of trees that were cut down, the long crawl to its new home. I’m surprised it wasn’t covered in graffiti by the time it got there.

None of that would have been necessary if NASA had given a space shuttle to the Museum of Flight, conveniently located next to Boeing Field. But what they did give to the museum is nothing to sneeze at: a full size replica trainer of a shuttle. And all you wanna-be astronauts can go inside for the first time on Nov. 10.

There will be an 11 a.m. ceremony on the 10th and then it’ll be ready to board.

This is no puny little mock-up for kids to marvel at. It’s 100 feet long and four stories high and was used by NASA to train every space shuttle astronaut.

Those other shuttles that flew in space? Sure, they’re undeniably cool. But every one of them has a “look, but don’t touch” policy. Not our shuttle.

The Museum has added stairs and ramps to make the expansive cargo bay accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities.

So, turn off the “Star Trek” reruns and see what an (almost) real space ship really looks like on Nov. 10.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.

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