Another Big Piece of Shuttle Trainer Arrives in WA

SEATTLE (AP) — Another big piece of the Space Shuttle Trainer has arrived at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

NASA’s special Super Guppy plane delivered the aft portion of the payload bay to the museum on Thursday morning.

Using Air Force moving equipment, the giant artifact was transferred from the plane to the museum’s space gallery. All together, the payload bay is 61 feet long, 19 feet wide and 23.5 feet high. It is being transported from Houston to Seattle in pieces.

The Museum of Flight won the opportunity to display the full-scale mock-up of a space shuttle, which has been used to train every NASA astronaut in the space shuttle era.

The museum says visitors are welcome to visit the trainer as it is pieced back together. They will be able to walk through the whole artifact by October.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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