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The life-size replica of the Space Shuttle started its journey early morning on Sunday and arrived at the NASA visitor center. The one mile road trip was originally scheduled to take three hours took twice as much time to complete. The Space Shuttle replica, known as the Explorer, was loaded onto a 144-wheel transporter.
Snags and delays hit the Explorer’s journey. First the truck and the trailer was too long to navigate the corner off the dock’s parkway. It got delayed by 45 minutes before the unhitching of the truck and maneuvering the trailer solved the problem. Next, the 78 foot wingspan of the space shuttle replica stretched over three car lanes and required workers to swing traffic lights and cut trees out of the way.
“If you look at it from here, it looks big,”Space Center Houston President Richard Allen said on Friday, looking at the replica from a few hundred yards away. “But if you start walking toward it, it gets bigger and bigger and bigger. It’s a huge vehicle and I think that the enormity of that is really going to strike a chord when [visitors] come to see it.”
Spectators, numbering to over a hundred, lined the streets to accompany the Explorer in its journey. More people were waiting at the Space Center Houston for a free display of space craft models.
The Explorer was built in the 1990s using schematics and blueprints from NASA. Some of the parts including the space craft’s landing gear was used by the original space shuttle.
News source: www.msnbc.com