SEATTLE (AP) — The last big piece of the Space Shuttle trainer is schedule to arrive at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Thursday morning.

NASA’s special Super Guppy plane will be delivering the front section of the payload bay at Boeing Field. From there it will be moved to the nearby museum’s space gallery.

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.

In celebration of its arrival the Museum of Flight will be holding a drawing for members and visitors for a special tour of the Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment on Thursday. It’s the full-scale mock-up of the space shuttle cockpit and living quarters used for decades by NASA to train astronauts for every mission.

The Musem’s website shows a full day of fun activities for Thursday, August 9:

10:00am Super Guppy Lands at Boeing Field
11:00am – 2:00pm Unloading and movement of Shuttle Trainer Payload Bay from the Super Guppy to the Simonyi Space Gallery
11:00am Public briefing with Commander Rick Hull and Pilot / Astronaut Ken Cockrell
12:30pm Winners selected for tours of the Shuttle Trainer Crew Compartment (entries accepted all morning)
1:00 & 2:00pmCrew Compartment tours for drawing winners

Plus, don’t miss the rest of the day’s fun – planetarium shows in the side gallery, Super Guppy flight simulators in the Aviation Learning Center, and the History Channel’s “Mega Movers” in the Allen Theater.

The full Super Guppy display is expected to open in October, and visitors will be able to walk through the Shuttle trainer.

The Museum of Flight is located at:
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press with contributions from tamacbsseattle.


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